After Senate Republicans blocked debate this evening on the DISCLOSE Act, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, as well as a group of colleagues, will hold onto the Senate floor late into the night tonight in an effort to bring greater attention to the issue and force a second vote on the bill tomorrow.
"Tonight we will debate whether we truly believe in the first three words of our Constitution: "We the People.' The flood of secret money unleashed by Citizens United is drowning out the voice of the people," said Merkley. "Indeed, those who oppose disclosure are seeking to replace "We the People' with "We the Powerful.' This is wrong in so many ways. It's way past time to shine a light on the darkness and discover who or what this money really stands for."
The DISCLOSE Act requires any organization that spends $10,000 or more during an election cycle to file a report within 24 hours, identifying any donors who gave $10,000 or more. It will require political groups posing as social welfare organizations to disclose their donors and will prevent corporations and other wealthy interests from using shell corporations to funnel secret money to super PACs.
Individuals are encouraged to follow the floor debate throughout the night on Twitter, using the hashtag #DISCLOSEVote. Senator Merkley is currently scheduled to speak on the Senate floor on the issue at 8:30 PM PT.