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14_S375 on Feb 25, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
Source: S375/H.R.269
Congressional Summary:Fair Elections Now Act--Amends 1971 FECA with respect to:
  • 500% matching payments to candidates for certain small dollar contributions;
  • a public debate requirement;
  • establishment of the Fair Elections Fund and of a Fair Elections Oversight Board;
  • remission to the Fair Elections Fund of unspent funds after an election civil penalties for violation of contribution and expenditure requirements;
  • Requires all designations, statements, and reports required to be filed under FECA to be filed directly with the FEC in electronic form accessible by computers.

Statement of support for corresponding Senate bill: (Sunlight Foundation) Now we bring you the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, a bill that should probably be the least controversial of all. S. 375 would simply require senators and Senate candidates to file their public campaign finance disclosure reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission, the way House candidates and presidential candidates have been filing for over a decade. A version of the bill has been introduced during every congress starting in 2003 (!) yet it has been blocked repeatedly, a victim of political football.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has introduced the most recent version, which would ensure that paper Senate campaign finance reports are a thing of the past. But even with 50 bipartisan cosponsors, the bill faces an uphill battle. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, has repeatedly prevented the bill from coming to the Senate floor. We won't be deterred--as long as McConnell continues to block the bill, we'll continue to highlight that his intransigence results in delayed disclosure of vital, public campaign finance information, not to mention wasting $500,000 in taxpayer money annually. Eventually, we'll win.

Also see related House bill, H.R.269

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 14_S375

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerJul 21, 2014
Max Baucus s1sMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 25, 2013
Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic ChallengerMar 13, 2014
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Apr 25, 2013
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr SenatorMay 1, 2014
Benjamin Cardin s1sMaryland DemocratFeb 25, 2013
Joe Donnelly s1sIN Democratic ChallengerSep 9, 2013
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 7, 2014
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York DemocratFeb 25, 2013
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 25, 2013
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Mar 22, 2013
Heidi Heitkamp s1oND Democratic ChallengerApr 30, 2014
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Apr 28, 2014
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)May 6, 2013
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerJul 28, 2014
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorMar 11, 2013
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr SenatorApr 17, 2013
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Feb 25, 2013
Joe Manchin III s1oWV Democratic SenatorMay 6, 2014
Claire McCaskill s1sMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorFeb 25, 2013
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratMay 1, 2014
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Harry Reid s1oNV Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Apr 1, 2014
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateApr 24, 2013
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeApr 28, 2014
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Jon Tester s2pMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mark Udall s1sCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously RepresentativeFeb 25, 2013
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Feb 25, 2013
John Walsh s1sMT Democratic Senate ChallengerFeb 25, 2014
Mark Warner s1sVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorApr 16, 2013
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic ChallengerFeb 25, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalFeb 26, 2013
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013

Republicans participating in 14_S375

Kelly Ayotte s1oNH Republican Jr SenatorSep 9, 2014
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr SenatorApr 29, 2014
Michael Enzi s1sWY Republican Sr SenatorSep 12, 2013
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr SenatorFeb 25, 2013
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeFeb 25, 2013
Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr SenatorMar 4, 2013

Independents participating in 14_S375

Angus King s1sME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)Feb 25, 2013

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 41
Republicans: 8
Independents: 1

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