Van Hollen, House Democrats Introduce DISCLOSE 2012 Act
Today Maryland Congressman Van Hollen issued the following statement on the introduction of the DISCLOSE 2012 Act, which will promote transparency and disclosure of the secret money being used to influence American elections:
“I’m pleased today to join Congressman Brady and other Democratic co-sponsors to introduce the DISCLOSE 2012 Act. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to unrestricted special interest spending in American elections and threatens the very nature of our democracy. Unfortunately, Republicans blocked this legislation in 2010, and we are already seeing unprecedented secret spending and its negative impacts.
“The American people deserve a political system that is fair, transparent, and accountable. They have a right to know who is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence them. That is why House Democrats are introducing the DISCLOSE 2012 Act. The bill is a first step to clean up the secret money in politics, and it will promote transparency and disclosure of the funds being used to influence our political process. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this legislation – if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from the DISCLOSE 2012 Act.”