Landrieu Votes in Support of DISCLOSE Act for Greater Transparency in Elections

July 29, 2010

WASHINGTON — United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today voted in favor of the “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections” (DISCLOSE) Act. The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Landrieu, was introduced following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission. This court case lifted the ban on the ability of corporations, including those owned by foreign shareholders, to use funds from their general treasuries in federal elections.

A procedural motion to end Senate Republicans’ filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act failed today by a vote of 57-41.

“The DISCLOSE Act would shine a much-needed light on U.S. elections and create greater transparency that Americans – liberals and conservatives – want and deserve,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Congress must ensure that our political discourse is not dominated by special interests, labor unions or corporations who can anonymously pour millions of dollars into political campaigns and whose ads ultimately serve as megaphones to drown out the voice of average individual citizens. While group action is most certainly appropriate, secret group action is not.”

In response to the Citizens United decision, the DISCLOSE Act would provide more transparency and disclosure in the electoral process by prohibiting certain entities, including foreign corporations that own U.S. corporations, from making contributions to federal elections. In addition, the DISCLOSE Act creates disclosure requirements on corporations, labor unions, trade associations, and non-profit advocacy groups that spend money to influence federal elections.

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