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12-S3369 on Jul 10, 2012

Bill Sponsorship: DISCLOSE Act
Source: S3369/HR4010
Congressional Summary:
  • Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2012 or DISCLOSE Act:
  • Amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to add to the definition of "independent expenditure" an expenditure by a person that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified 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.
Wikipedia & OnTheIssue Summary:
  • On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, ruled that prohibiting corporations and unions from making independent expenditures in political campaigns was unconstitutional. This ruling is frequently described as permitting corporations and unions to donate to political campaigns, but these claims are incorrect. The ruling did remove the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their funds for direct advocacy, including endorsing for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited.

    The result of Citizens United was that "Super PACs" spent millions on TV ads in the 2012 election, advocating both issues and candidates. The DISCLOSE Act attempts to reduce the negative effect of Citizens United by requiring disclosure of independent expenditures made by advocacy groups.

    Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.4010.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Stricter limits on political campaign funds Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Government Reform
    • Headline: Sponsored disclosure of independent campaign expenditures (Score: 2)
    • Headline 2: Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures (Score: 2)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 12-S3369

    Daniel Akaka s2oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring)Jul 16, 2012
    Mark Begich s2oAK Democratic Jr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Michael Bennet s2oCO Democratic Jr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Jeff Bingaman s2oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring)Jul 11, 2012
    Richard Blumenthal s2oCT Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Barbara Boxer s2oCA Democratic Jr SenatorJul 17, 2012
    Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Benjamin Cardin s2oMaryland DemocratJul 16, 2012
    Tom Carper s2oDE Democratic Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Kent Conrad s2oND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring)Jul 11, 2012
    Chris Coons s2oDE Democratic Jr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Richard Durbin s2oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Dianne Feinstein s2oCA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Al Franken s2oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Kirsten Gillibrand s2oNew York DemocratJul 11, 2012
    Kay Hagan s2oNC Democratic Jr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Tom Harkin s2oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Jul 11, 2012
    Daniel Inouye s2oHI Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Tim Johnson s2oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jul 16, 2012
    John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Amy Klobuchar s2oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Herbert Kohl s2oWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring)Jul 11, 2012
    Mary Landrieu s2oLA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Frank Lautenberg s2oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jul 16, 2012
    Patrick Leahy s2oVT Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Carl Levin s2oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jul 11, 2012
    Claire McCaskill s2oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorJul 11, 2012
    Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey DemocratJul 11, 2012
    Jeff Merkley s2oOR Democratic Jr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Barbara Mikulski s2oMD Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Patty Murray s2oWA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 16, 2012
    Bill Nelson s2oFL Democratic Sr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Jack Reed s2oRI Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Charles Schumer s2oNY Democratic Sr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Jeanne Shaheen s2oNH Democratic Sr SenatorJul 10, 2012
    Debbie Stabenow s2oMI Democratic Jr SenatorJul 11, 2012
    Mark Udall s2oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously RepresentativeJul 11, 2012
    Tom Udall s2oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Jul 10, 2012
    Mark Warner s2oVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorJul 16, 2012
    Sheldon Whitehouse s2oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 

    Republicans participating in 12-S3369

    Independents participating in 12-S3369

    Bernie Sanders s2oVermont IndependentJul 11, 2012

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 40
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 1

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