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Tue Jul 17, 2012, 12:51 PM Jul 2012

Presto! The DISCLOSE Act Disappears, by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship


Presto! The DISCLOSE Act Disappears

July 17, 2012

by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Ask any magician and they’ll tell you that the secret to a successful magic trick is misdirection — distracting the crowd so they don’t realize how they’re being fooled. Get them watching your left hand while your right hand palms the silver dollar: “Now you see it, now you don’t.” The purloined coin now belongs to the magician.

Just like democracy. Once upon a time conservatives supported the full disclosure of campaign contributors. Now they oppose it with their might — and magic, especially when it comes to unlimited cash from corporations. My goodness, they say, with a semantic wave of the wand, what’s the big deal?: nary a single Fortune 500 company had given a dime to the super PACs. (Even that’s not entirely true, by the way.)

Meanwhile the other hand is poking around for loopholes, stuffing millions of secret corporate dollars into non-profit, tax-exempt organizations called 501(c)s that funnel the money into advertising on behalf of candidates or causes. Legally, in part because the Federal Election Commission does not consider them political committees, they can keep it all nice and anonymous, never revealing who’s really behind the donations or the political ads they buy. This is especially handy for corporations — why risk offending customers by revealing your politics or letting them know how much you’re willing to shell out for a permanent piece of an obliging politician?

That’s why passing a piece of legislation called the DISCLOSE Act is so important and that’s why on Monday, Republicans in the Senate killed it. Again.

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Presto! The DISCLOSE Act Disappears, by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship (Original Post) G_j Jul 2012 OP
Truth is what Democracy needs. Octafish Jul 2012 #1
aka The Weimar REPUBLICANS here in Wisconsin-what they do isn't magic, it's FASCISM n/t bobthedrummer Jul 2012 #2
you got that right! nt G_j Jul 2012 #3
14 R Senators who voted YES on a very similar disclosure ProgressiveEconomist Jul 2012 #4


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4. 14 R Senators who voted YES on a very similar disclosure
Tue Jul 17, 2012, 02:31 PM
Jul 2012

bill in 2000 voted NO yesterday (see http://www.democraticunderground.com/125157002 )

What hypocrites. And how much coverage will this story get on high-ratings "news" broadcasts? NONE!

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