All candidates need to file campaign finance forms showing who their donors are and how much they give. For years candidates for the presidency and the House of Representatives have given voters more access to their campaign information by filing their forms electronically – but candidates for the Senate have not.
The “Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act” (S. 482) would finally provide electronic filing for Senate candidates. It has strong support from both parties, but Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS.) is playing politics by blocking the bill from moving forward – no doubt wearing his hat as chairman and fundraiser-in-chief for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. While he claims to support the bill, he is trying to kill it by attaching an irrelevant amendment that would force nonprofit organizations to expose their members and donors when they file ethics complaints against senators. This tactic has been used in the past to intimidate and is clearly unconstitutional.
Before the bill can move forward, we need to show that there is strong support for the bill and that we can defeat the poison-pill Roberts Amendment.
We need you and your friends to call your senators to pass the “Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act” and to get a straight answer about their stance on the unconstitutional Roberts Amendment. Please take a minute to call them both now:
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) opposes S. 482 unless it is tied to a vote on his unrelated amendment. He wants to require nonprofit organizations to disclose all of their $5,000+ donors when filing ethics complaints against Senators. Ensign claims he is trying “to protect individual Senators from purely politically motivated ethics complaints,” but S. 482 would provide voters with relevant information allowing them to hold Senate candidates accountable.
Unlike S. 482, the amendment would add major new disclosure requirements for nonprofit organizations that deserve and require a full hearing and deliberation by the relevant committees for ethics and nonprofit tax law.
The proposed Roberts Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with electronic disclosure of campaign finance contributions. It is controversial and likely an attempt to kill the bill which is why it must be voted down.