(CNN) – President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address Saturday to target Senate Republicans who are actively opposed to campaign finance legislation that in part requires special interest groups to clearly name themselves in television advertisements they put money behind.
"Now, the special interests want to take Congress back, and return to the days when lobbyists wrote the laws," Obama says in the address. "And a partisan minority in Congress is hoping their defense of these special interests and the status quo will be rewarded with a flood of negative ads against their opponents. It's a power grab, pure and simple."
The legislation is in response to a Supreme Court ruling last year that relaxed disclosure laws among special interest groups. Democrats initially failed to get enough support to bring the bill for a final vote last July.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in response: “In the middle of the worst recession in memory, Americans want us to focus on jobs. But for the second time in four weeks, the President used his weekly address to promote a partisan campaign bill."
"By focusing on that partisan effort to rig the fall elections rather than the stagnant economy, Democrats are proving once again that the jobs they care about most are their own. The President says this bill is about transparency. It’s about transparency, alright: It’s a transparent effort to rig the fall elections," he added.