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Senate Refuses to Debate DISCLOSE
Twice, the U.S. Senate refused to allow full debate on the DISCLOSE Act, which would require complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. Huge sums of secret money are flooding into our elections and without full disclosure the voters won't know who is trying to buy influence.
YOU can still make your voice heard. Tell your Senators you won’t give up the fight to restore our democracy.
Secret money has no place in elections but we all know it is there, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. Our elected leaders in Washington, the men and women who had the power and opportunity to help, failed to take up the DISCLOSE Act. They decided that they didn't even want to debate this important issue. Rather than talk about how they could help voters understand where all of this secret money is coming from, they decided to kill the bill without any debate.
The U.S. Senate could have put us on the right path if they had taken their duty as elected leaders seriously and debated the DISCLOSE Act on its merits. Tell your Senators you will continue the fight to restore transparency to our government and electoral system.
The League will continue to push for passage of DISCLOSE because secret campaign money has no place in America's democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.
Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections.
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey works to influence public policy after careful study of an issue and consensus of our members.