U.S. Congress: Reform Groups Urge Congress to Close Gaping Disclosure Loopholes
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with other reform groups in urging both houses of Congress to pass campaign finance disclosure legislation this year. The letter reminds Congress that more than $300 million in secret contributions were spent in presidential and congressional races in 2012. That total is widely expected to grow exponentially in coming election.
The letter also emphasizes that opponents of disclosure have lost the overwhelming number of cases they have brought to challenge disclosure laws since the Citizens United decision. Those successes in the Supreme Court and the lower courts are outlined in a summary and chart prepared by the Campaign Legal Center that were sent with the letters to Members today.
The organizations signing the letter include Americans for Campaign Reform, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos, the League of Women Voters and Public Citizen.