VIDEO – Senate Republicans, including 14 who once supported disclosure, voted against the Disclose Act. The bill would have required disclosure of anyone who donates more than $10,000 to front groups such as Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Because Republican lawmakers are simply puppets of the billionaires that fund them, they have long been fighting for the rights of their billionaire masters to buy propaganda with unlimited amounts of money. In the past, they argued that as long as the donors are disclosed, they should be able to spend as much as they want.
But since the corporate-controlled Supreme Court gave them the gift of the Citizens United decision, they don’t need to hide behind their “disclosure makes it OK” position. Now, they can just sit back and let their masters buy negative ad after negative ad through Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.
Back in 2000, the Senate voted in favor of the disclosure of donors to 527 groups by a count of 92 – 6. The 92 Senators voting for disclosure included 48 Republicans including Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), who was once an outspoken advocate for campaign finance reform.
Fast-forward to 2012 and John McCain has voted against disclosure, revealing himself as a complete fraud. Other GOP Senators who once supported disclosure and have now voted to keep front group money secret (with no way to verify it is not from foreign governments) were Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).