Senate Republicans expected to block Disclose Act for second straight day
July 17th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
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Senate Republicans expected to block Disclose Act for second straight day

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday are expected to block for the second straight day Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising that is filling the airwaves this election season.

"During this election, outside spending by GOP shell groups is expected to top $1 billion," warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in a floor speech. "The names of these front groups contain words like 'freedom' and 'prosperity.' But make no mistake: there is nothing free about an election purchased by a handful of billionaires for their own self-interest."


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  1. rs

    They have to keep that record of keeping anything from happening alive!

    July 17, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    They have to include Labor Unions, why should they be off the list?

    July 17, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Jane

    Of course the Republicans are going to block this; just like they blocked Everything since their closed door meeting on Inauguration Day 2009. They don't want to anger their corporate overlords; they have a nice cushy job there, free socialized medical coverage and absolutely no accountability.

    July 17, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    They have to include trial lawyers, law firms also.

    July 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Mittens accuses Obama of "cronyism" and yet....

    Obama releases the names of all donors and does not allow lobbyists to raise money for him....WHILE....

    Mittens refuses to release the names of his donors and allows lobbyists to raise money for him.

    THEN...the GOP/Teatrolls in Congress refuse to pass legislation meant to curb the ability of elected officials to hide donors and fundraisers and thereby hide and obscure wheher later actions taken while in office were meant as payback/quid pro quo for those donors and fundraisers.

    Who's really trying to protect "cronyism"? The answer is so freekin obvious that I fully expect a whole bunch of foaming at the mouth and freakout tinfoil hattery from the Teatrolls in this thread.

    July 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Thomas

    This is the only way for them to legally stay in power . They would loose if there was true transparency .

    Romney / Sununu

    It's better you don't know 2012 .

    July 17, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    They have to include Labor Unions, why should they be off the list?
    Seriously? Besides you, who said they were not included? Ditto for lawyers.

    Nice try. But, we gotcha.

    July 17, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    When it comes to politics, what you don't know really can hurt you.

    July 17, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. John

    And who is complaining about "cronyism".?

    July 17, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. was for obama, now for romney

    Why is my boy Obama blatantly attacking business owners? saying " i didnt build" my business or things that relate to my business is false. I directly or indirectly cause my business to be succesful or fail. shame on you barack for going anti business during this great recession.

    July 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. DG

    Shame on those who want to influence people with their ads behind a smoke screen. If you have a message for the people, show your face to us, so we know who really is talking.

    July 17, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    just doing what they do best, blocking things!

    July 17, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Replace all GOP thugs, vote all these animals out.

    July 17, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. ghost

    Was for obama,

    U may wanna get the rest of that quote before accusing obama of hating america. Is r u really rush using a new username?

    July 17, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    How much has Grover Norquist, Koch Brothers and Shelden Adelson put into your campaigns. we want to see your donor list. Mr. Adelson may be funnelling foreign money into our elections. DISCLOSE EVERYTHING!!! You work for US, not some special interest group.

    July 17, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Robert

    Sniffit......POTUS has not disclosed all donors and of course he allows lobbyist to raise money for him. What is in that koolaide this year?

    July 17, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Kim Jong Obama - Dear leader, Ruler for Life, God Among Men

    Yes, this act must be passed and pased NOW. The Dear leader has declared it so. It appears there are people that oppose the Dear leader and they must be rooted out and destroyed at all costs. Once we have names we can send our re-education squads to these people and their families to re-educate them. The Dear Leader appreciates your cooperation in this matter. Order and obediance to his rule must be maintained at all costs.

    July 17, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Robert

    This should also include overseas donors....and the Unions. No one exempt......dems want to protect the Unions.

    July 17, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. If you didn't sign the pledge to not increase taxes, you are a traitor to the US

    LOL so when dems were raking it in, they didn't want to disclose, now the reps are gaining the upper hand then they want to disclose

    July 17, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Romney Outsource America Jobs

    That nothing new about the dirty tricks republican senate doing we going to make sure vote all the crooks out of the office. Republican are a disaster to our country.

    Vote all republicans out of the offices.

    July 17, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why are Senate Republicans want to block the Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertisment????????? Sometime it make wonder. YOU BET YA!

    July 17, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans created our first great depression, and Bush and the republicans almost did it again. The United States has faired better than the rest of the world because of our president's stimulus and economic policies. The European countries that tried the republicans economic cut everything scorched earth policies have been hurt a lot worse. We are fortunate to have an intelligent president like Obama.

    July 17, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC


    And who is complaining about "cronyism".?
    Mitt Romney has leveled the charge against Pres. Obama. Today, in fact. In a futile attempt to deflect attention away from Bain Capital and Tax Returns. His priorities are on the issues most important to Mitt Romney. Right now, that means saving his reputation from the dry cleaners.

    July 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. jpmichigan

    The Democrats need to be very careful, for their actions against the Republicans may just back fire and hit them were will hurt the most their wallets. The Democratic party is just as guilty, if not more , with their hate rhethoric and super PAC, dealing ut the hate CHICAGO STYLE. How many donors are giving money to Obama from foeign countries? How many jobs are we supporting via the federal government payment of taxpayers hard earn money to foreign business? Which do not pay American income or business taxes. Thank you , President Obma and the Democratic Party for cheating the American People!!!

    July 17, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Obama is as American as Dog Meat Stew

    Will it include 25 year sentences in a federal pen for using the information to intimidate, harass and assault people that are freely expressing their politcial views and preferences?

    Otherwise, it is very clear the Democrats and leftists want to use this as a means to buiild an enemies/target list. they have done it in the past and will do it again. They are beneath contempt and will not be happy until they push people too far and people end up getting killed.

    July 17, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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