STATEMENT: CAP’s Michael Sozan Urges Senate To Take Up DISCLOSE Act
Washington, D.C. — This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will attempt to begin floor debate on the DISCLOSE Act. This measure, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and co-sponsored by the entire Democratic caucus, would protect our system of free and fair elections from the corroding influence of dark money. In response, Michael Sozan, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement.
Corporations, wealthy special interests, and foreign entities should not be allowed to secretly spend vast amounts of money to influence election outcomes. This popular pro-democracy legislation would shine a light on this secret political spending, including money spent on toxic political ads. Dark money weakens democracy, corrupts the process by which Congress enacts policies, and reduces the political power of everyday Americans. Every senator—regardless of political affiliation—should vote to allow debate of the DISCLOSE Act.
- “To protect democracy from dark-money influence, we need the Disclose Act” by Michael Sozan (The Hill)
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