Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Murray targets Citizens United with new bill

Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

What the Spokane City Council won't vote against, perhaps the U.S. Senate will.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) co-sponsored a bill introduced on the Senate floor today to require anyone or anything that spends more than $10,000 on an election to file a report detailing each expenditure over $1,000.

Murray says the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, proposed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), would "address problems created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision." 

"No voice should be more powerful in Washington state’s elections than the voices of our state’s voters," Murray says in a statement. "I’m proud to support this effort to protect our democratic process and put power back in the hands of the people and grassroots activism.” 

The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Courts decision allows for unlimited donations to political action committees.

The Spokane City Council last week voted against endorsing a resolution to overturn the decision. 

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