The U.S. Senate is currently debating the DISCLOSE Act. Passage of the DISCLOSE Act is essential if we are to mitigate the damage done to American democracy by Citizens United. This deeply flawed opinion has led to the unleashing of extraordinary corporate influence on elections at all levels in our country. In spite of this – or perhaps because of it – Republican obstructionists cynically sidetracked the DISCLOSE bill with a filibuster in July.
Senator Barbara Boxer, speaking in support of the bill, correctly stated that “the people have a right to know” who’s spending millions to influence our elections.
Contrast that with her opponent, Carly Fiorina, who was pleased to accept the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber not only opposes DISCLOSE, it is one of the main front groups that well-heeled corporations are using to hide their electoral activities.
It’s really simple: The people’s right to know vs. a corporation’s right to skulk and hide. Kudos to Sen. Boxer for choosing the people.