RAW Story: Newly elected GOP senator may back DISCLOSE Act

Nov. 8, 2010- Republican Senator-elect Mark Kirk may help push through a campaign-finance transparency bill opposed by Republican leaders during the lame-duck session.

Kirk defeated Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias for President Obama's former Illinois Senate seat and is one of three new members of the Senate who will be sworn in to the chamber during the lame-duck session.

The Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act (DISCLOSE Act) would force groups running election ads to disclose the sources of their funding. In addition, the bill would prohibit foreign corporations, government contractors and TARP recipients from making campaign contributions.

The bill has already cleared the United States House of Representatives but failed to be passed in the Senate due to a Republican filibuster.


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