Today's cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act will put every Senator on record and will require each Senator who votes against the Act to take personal responsibility for the corruption and scandal that invariably will follow if new disclosure legislation is not enacted.
A war is being waged against the DISCLOSE Act. Its commander in chief is Senator Mitch McConnell, his secret weapon is misinformation and his goal is to protect unlimited dark money contributions to the political process.
Senator McConnell's claim that secrecy in campaign finance activities is needed in order to protect against harassment is a bogus argument that has been repeatedly rejected by the Supreme Court, except in limited circumstances.
Money like that gives the chamber real power, but I believe the American Dream is more powerful. I think most voters will see that real jobs, real growth, and real innovation will do more for their communities than the chamber's obstruction.
Being loud and proud isn't for everyone. But we hope corporate citizens everywhere will stand up to be counted. We'll take care of the loud part; it's up to you to help your favorite corporate citizen be proud and be counted in this year's applicant pool. After all, corporate citizenship counts.
After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the president signs it into law. But the fight's just begun, because the special interests immediately set out to win back what they lost when the reform became law.