MARSHALL: SENATOR BURR AND I HAVE TO STAND BY OUR ADS; BIG CORPORATIONS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS SHOULD HAVE TO STAND BY THEIRS
U.S. Senate candidate Elaine Marshall called on her opponent, Senator Richard Burr, to end his filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, and stop working against efforts to increase transparency and accountability in campaign spending by big corporations and special interest groups:
"Washington's broken, and a big part of the problem is the avalanche of special interest money which threatens to overwhelm the voices of the American people," Marshall said.
"Senator Burr and I have to stand by our ads; big corporations and special interests should have to stand by theirs. I don't see how any reasonable person would have a problem with that."
"It's bad for the people of North Carolina when big corporations and special interests can spend millions of dollars in secret on campaign advertising. We need a government that works for the people, not one that works for big corporations and special interests."
The DISCLOSE Act, scheduled for a cloture vote in the Senate this afternoon, would require corporations, unions and special interest groups to disclose the donors that pay for their political advertisements. It also includes a "stand by your ad" provision, designed to promote accountability and help keep the American people informed. The bill comes as a response to the Supreme Court's controversial Citizen's United ruling, which allowed for special interests and big corporations to make unlimited campaign expenditures.