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Strike a Blow Against Citizens United


The U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United v. FEC ruling has unleashed a torrent of anonymous campaign spending into our political system. And the Supreme Court just reaffirmed their terrible decision by overturning a Montana ban on corporate spending in elections.

Since the passage of Citizens United, political organizations like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, powered by tens of millions of dollars in anonymous contributions, have spent alarming amounts of money to elect their preferred candidates.

And corporations have been able to exert a massive influence on our electoral process without being subject to any accountability for that influence.

Progressive champion Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting back by pushing Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act. And he has asked the public to join him as citizen co-sponsors.

As Sen. Whitehouse said, "We need a groundswell of support to show Congress that the American people want an end to the secret election spending that is threatening our democracy."

Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending.

To be clear, what we really need is to get all corporate money out of politics, to roll back Citizens United, end corporate personhood and institute public financing of elections. And we are working hard toward those long term goals.

But we must move the ball forward in the interim.

The Supreme Court is highly unlikely to undo Citizens United anytime soon. Indeed, the Supreme Court recently doubled-down on Citizens United by overturning Montana's 100-year-old ban on corporate spending of elections. And passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United , while one of our highest priorities, will take years to achieve.

In the meantime, the DISCLOSE Act would force most groups spending money on elections to reveal the corporations, individuals and entities who fund them.

As the Washington trade publication The Hill explains:

The new version of the Disclose Act would require any group that spends $10,000 or more on election ads, or any other political activity, to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 24 hours. Groups would also have to file a new report for each additional $10,000 spent, disclose donors who gave $10,000 or more and provide a statement from the group's head ratifying that there was no coordination with any campaign, which is illegal.

While it won't end unlimited corporate election spending, the DISCLOSE Act at least brings this spending out of the shadows -- where we can expose it, and fight back.

Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending.

The DISCLOSE Act is the first step to restoring the voice of everyday citizens in our elections, and restoring a small measure of sanity to a system of campaign finance that has become completely insane.

And even taking this first step will require a massive outcry by the American public to make sure Congress does not sweep this issue under the rug.

Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending.

As a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, I urge Congress to pass this vital piece of legislation and end the secret election spending that is threatening our democracy.