'DISCLOSE Act' Campaign Ad Bill Falls Short In Senate Again
September 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM (PT)
Sen. CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY)'s controversial "DISCLOSE Act" campaign finance bill failed once again to get enough votes in the Senate to avoid a Republican filibuster TODAY. The vote this time for cloture was 59-39, one vote short, despite an offer by SCHUMER to amend the bill to allow it to take effect after the elections in NOVEMBER.
The bill, a response to the CITIZENS UNITED case ruling that invalidated restrictions on corporate and union campaign expenses, would have imposed strict disclosure rules on corporations and some interest groups, but exempted many unions and special interest groups. It also added a provision requiring businesses and groups to state their geographic locations in political ads, but exempted shorter radio ads from the requirement.
A previous attempt at cloture failed in JULY.