Today Senate Republicans are set to kill the DISCLOSE Act, which is summarized this way:
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes.
In other words, the proposal wouldn’t do much to change the Citizens United money now flowing freely into our electoral system, but it would attach a name and a face to it. But such transparency—outside groups like Super PACS would have to disclose who their donors are—would be fatal to the success of Republican politics these days, as rich right-wingers seek, well, I’ll just let Harry Reid say it:
If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they’ve just bought the country. That’s a sad commentary. About 60 percent or more of these outside groups’ dollars are coming from these 17 people. These donors have something in common with their nominee. Like Mitt Romney, they believe they play by their own set of rules.