Sen. Russ Feingold introduced the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act—S. 482—to require Senate campaigns to file their campaign finance reports electronically. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would make sure that all Senate campaign finance information is available to the public, electronically, before citizens go to the polls to vote.
Currently, Senate reports are filed on paper, in a slow and wasteful process that delays when you can find out who is contributing to the Senate candidates in your state. Candidates for the House of Representatives and the presidency file electronically, making the information in their reports publicly available online in a faster, more efficient manner than Senate reports.
At a time when Republicans and Democrats alike are talking about transparency, passage of S. 482 ought to be a no-brainer. And it’s true, not a single senator publicly opposes it. But, at this moment, Sen. Pat Roberts is blocking passage by insisting on an unnecessary, "poison pill" amendment. His amendment would actually decrease transparency and accountability in the Senate. The goal of the amendment is to prevent charities, religious organizations and other non-profits from filing legitimate ethics complaints by forcing disclose the names of their donors, violating their right to privacy.
This amendment has no place in a bill about transparency. To strengthen campaign finance disclosure, the Senate must vote against the Roberts amendment and then vote to pass S. 482. We need your help in identifying where senators stand on both the bill itself and the Roberts amendment.
On this site's homepage, you will find a chart where you can find your senators and instructions, including a script, for how to call your senators. Please don't forget to report back to us and let us know what you learned. We'll post your findings here so that others can track our progress. Once we've verified the information with your senator's office, we'll update the chart.
Pass 482 is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation, the Campaign Finance Institute, The Center for Responsive Politics, Change Congress, Common Cause, Pubic Citizen, Public Campaign, MapLight.org, OpenTheGovernment.org, and OMB Watch.