The Senate failed to act on the Disclose Act in late September. This act would have closed loopholes created by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision that permit tax exempt 501(c)(6) “issue” oriented organizations to funnel money into political advertising without disclosing the source of the funds. The legislation passed in the House last June thanks to the Democrats and two Republicans. Predictably, neither of those two Republicans were from Missouri.
All the GOP members of the Missouri delegation voted against it except for Roy Blunt who skipped the vote, but his spokesperson had earlier stated that he was “pleased” about the Citizens United decision, so we can probably infer how he would have voted. (Am I wrong that old Roy has avoided voting on just about everything since he began campaigning for the Senate? In hopes of depriving the opposition of any possible ammunition perhaps?)
In a post earlier today, I discussed the situation that lack of disclosure requirements have created in Missouri’s political race. On the Rachel Maddow show last night, her guest, Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Scott Thomas, very explicitly clarified the nature of the danger posed by our current situation in regard to disclosure:
If you deplore this lack of transparency, just remember which Missouri politicians want to retain it. It’s not too difficult to figure out why.