To:                   Members of the House of Representatives

From:              Elisabeth MacNamara, President

Re:                   Support the DISCLOSE Act

The League of Women Voters strongly supports the bipartisan DISCLOSE Act, sponsored by Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Mike Castle.  We urge you to vote for this essential reform legislation when it is considered by the full House.

In its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for big-money special interests in our elections.  Corporations and unions can now make unlimited secret expenditures seeking to elect or defeat candidates.  This is unacceptable in a democracy.   

The most important thing we can do to preserve the integrity of our electoral process is to increase transparency and let the sunlight shine in.  Disclosure of corporate and union spending in our elections is the key to allowing voters to make their decisions.  This bill accomplishes that fundamental purpose.

Voters deserve to know the sources of funding for election advertising.  Secret money, whether foreign or domestic, has no place in America's democracy. Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited political expenditures and influencing elections.

The proposed DISCLOSE Act builds on requirements already approved by the Supreme Court.  It bars foreign-controlled corporations and those which have received federal bailout money or large government contracts from spending huge amounts trying to elect or defeat particular candidates. 

Doesn't it make sense that foreign-controlled corporations shouldn't be turned loose to spend unlimited amounts in American elections?  Doesn't it make sense that federal money from bailouts and large contracts shouldn't be recycled to elect or defeat federal candidates for election? These provisions are common sense solutions to the complex problems created by the Court's ruling.

This critical bipartisan campaign finance legislation is fair and equitable. 
It ensures voters can make informed decisions.  The League of Women Voters strongly urges you to vote for the DISCLOSE Act.

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