“This bill is not a panacea. It will not overturn Citizens United, and it will not stop the tsunami of money pouring in from corporations,” Sen. Al Franken, a member of the group of liberal lawmakers who introduced the bill, said. “But it will require that all that special interest money be disclosed publicly, and that will have tremendously beneficial effects for this country. We may not be able to stop the tidal wave of unlimited cash, but we can, and we should, at a minimum know who is writing those big checks.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, pulled the same quotation when addressing the Senate on Monday.
“In reality it is a modest bill in comparison to the size of the problem, but it is a first step toward bringing some sensibleness back to the elections,” she said. “This bill simply ensures the public has access to information about the funding behind television ads and other election materials.”
“The Senate ought to disclose to the American people what its budget plan is for this country,” he said. “Those are the bread and butter requirements of any Senator.”
The DISCLOSE Act has 39 co-sponsors, all Democrats. It needed 60 votes to pass, but fell seven votes short. The Senate tried passing a beefed-up version of the DISCLOSE Act last session, but it fell one vote short of the 60-vote threshold when all Republicans objected.