With a vote of 57-41, Senate Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act last week, effectively blocking the Democrat-backed campaign finance reform legislation.
The GOP alleged that the bill, which would force unions, corporations and other organizations to disclose their sponsorship of political ads, targeted such entities unevenly, exempting the ones that have existed for more than 10 years and have at least 500,000 dues-paying members from the requirement.
After the vote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the opponents for what she called their support for a takeover of elections by special interests, including those from abroad.
“Senate Republicans blocked a bill that reaffirms a fundamental American value: the right to vote is afforded to the people, not the special interests,” Pelosi stated.
However, the development was welcomed by FRC Action, the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, which released a statement saying the vote was a victory of free speech.
The Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act passed the House last month with bipartisan support.
It was introduced earlier this year in the wake of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which affirmed that corporate funding of electoral campaign broadcasts cannot be limited under the 1st Amendment.