S.3369 - DISCLOSE Act

A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes. view all titles (5)

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  • Official: A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act as introduced.
  • Popular: DISCLOSE Act as introduced.
  • Short: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012 as introduced.
  • Short: DISCLOSE Act of 2012 as introduced.

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Sheldon Whitehouse

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Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected - July 17, 2012

Roll call number 180 in the Senate

Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed S. 3369

 

OpenCongress Summary

A response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, this bill seeks to increase transparency of corporate, union, and special-interest money in national political campaigns. It would require organizations involved in political campaigning to disclose the identity of donors giving over $10,000, and to reveal their identities in any political ads they fund. All independent electioneering groups would have to certify that they are not coordinating with candidates, and groups would not be allowed to transfer money between them in order to mask the actual source of the money.
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Official Summary

Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012 or DISCLOSE Act of 2012 - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to redefine the term \"independent expenditure\" as an expenditure by a person that, when taken as a whole, expressly advocates t

Official Summary

Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012 or DISCLOSE Act of 2012 - Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to redefine the term \"independent expenditure\" as an expenditure by a person that, when taken as a whole, expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, or is the functional equivalent of express advocacy because it can be interpreted by a reasonable person only as advocating the election or defeat of a candidate, taking into account whether the communication involved mentions a candidacy, a political party, or a challenger to a candidate, or takes a position on a candidates, qualifications, or fitness for office. Expands the period during which certain communications are treated as electioneering communications. Prescribes disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and certain other entities, including a political committee with an account established for the purpose of accepting donations or contributions that do not comply with the contribution limits or source prohibitions under FECA (but only with respect to such accounts). Repeals the prohibition against political contributions by individuals age 17 or younger.

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Organizations Supporting S.3369

  • Campaign Legal Center
  • Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington
  • League of Women Voters
  • Democracy 21
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • MapLight
  • ...and 32 more. See all.

Organizations Opposing S.3369

  • National Rifle Association
  • Club for Growth
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • North American Equipment Dealers Association
  • National Religious Broadcasters
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • ...and 6 more. See all.


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