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Tester backs Disclose Act to ensure transparency in elections

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Published on Jul 17, 2012

Senator Jon Tester is determined to prevent secret money from undermining America's democracy and to bring more accountability to American elections.

Tester today again voted for the Disclose Act. The bill requires any organization or individual who spends $10,000 or more on a political campaign to report the expense within 24 hours.

Due to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, corporations currently can spend unlimited money to influence elections without transparency. Tester says that means corporations can try to buy American elections without anyone even knowing who they are.

"The Citizens United decision has already dealt a blow to our democracy," Tester said on the Senate floor. "It's allowing a handful of billionaires, corporations and secretive groups that represent special interests to try and buy votes. The Disclose Act is a responsible step toward making sure that people decide the course of our future."

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