Citizens United helped unleash a flood of secret money to enter and influence U.S. elections. Since that decision in 2010, billions of dollars from unknown sources have shaped electoral outcomes across the country, damaging our democracy.
The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act includes several provisions that that would stymie the unrestricted flow of secret money by corporations and wealthy individuals to influence the government.
Specifically, the bill:
- Requires all corporations to report campaign expenditures of $10,000 or more to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 24 hours and to disclose all campaign-related expenditures to their shareholders and members.
- Strengthens the foreign money ban by prohibiting foreign nationals from participating in decision-making about corporate campaign spending.
- Creates a ‘stand by your ad’ provision so that groups who are running and funding a political advertisement must state that they “approve this message.”
This bill will help safeguard our democracy and put it back in the hands of everyday Americans -- urge your members of Congress to support this vital piece of legislation!