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Skelton cosponsors bill to ensure transparency in electoral process
Skelton cosponsors bill to ensure transparency in electoral process

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2010) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) joined the effort to return transparency to the federal electoral process by cosponsoring the DISCLOSE Act.

Regarding the Act, Skelton stated:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United was a setback to transparency in the American political system. I have a real concern that the Court’s ruling will allow corporations to run roughshod over every day Americans when it comes to influencing elections. That is not fair and it is not right.

“Today, I have cosponsored legislation that would strengthen the hands of the American people by restoring transparency and fairness to our nation’s political system. The DISCLOSE Act is a bipartisan bill that would require the heads of organizations and corporations to stand by their political advertisements, just as representatives must do; would stop U.S. corporations controlled by foreign interests from influencing U.S. elections; and would prevent most businesses that receive government contracts and recipients of federal bailout funds from trying to influence elections.

“Most Missourians I know believe transparency is a necessary precondition for a truly democratic system to survive. The DISCLOSE Act will help reestablish transparency and shine a bright light on corporate influence of elections.”

The measure, sponsored by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congressman Mike Castle (R-Del.), Congressman Robert Brady (D-Pa.), and Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-N.C.), was introduced today and referred to the Committee on House Administration.

The DISCLOSE Act follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC last year in which many rules regarding federal campaign fundraising, particularly those relating to contribution limits from corporations, were struck down.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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