Republican senators vote to block a bill requiring dark-money groups to disclose their donors: ‘I don’t want to see them doxxed’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell outside the Senate chamber on September 14, 2022.

Democrats teed up a procedural vote Thursday on a bill to disclose dark-money groups’ donors.
Republicans blocked the bill, hindering Democratic efforts to increase transparency in elections.
GOP senators told Insider that revealing those donors would make them vulnerable to harassment.

Republican senators on Thursday voted to block a bill that would have required so-called dark money groups to disclose their donors, hindering Democrats’ efforts to increase transparency in elections.  

The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act targets political nonprofit groups and super PACs, requiring them to reveal donors who have contributed more than $10,000 during an election cycle. The measure also applies to groups that spend money on ads supporting or opposing judicial nominees.

The bill failed to advance as 49 Republicans voted against it. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho did not vote.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer first introduced the bill in 2010 and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has re-introduced it in every Congress since, after the landmark 2010 Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision allowed outside groups to spend unlimited sums of money on elections.

Nonprofits are not legally obligated to disclose their donors. Super PACs, on the other hand, are subject to federal campaign finance disclosure laws, but their funding often comes from dark money groups. 

Whitehouse told Insider on Wednesday that he believes the GOP’s widespread opposition is a demonstration of the party’s dependency on dark money.

“Unfortunately, the Republican party has become as dependent on dark money as a deep-sea diver is on his air hose,” said Whitehouse. “And so even though my colleagues know that the public hates this stuff, they try to respond to that hatred with their own efforts …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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