July 18th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Senate Republicans blocked a bill Monday night to increase transparency in campaign spending by independent groups. In a 51-44 vote, the DISCLOSE Act failed to obtain the 60 votes needed to clear a Republican filibuster. The bill would have required disclosure of anyone who donates to independent groups that spent more than $10,000 on campaign ads — or their functional equivalent — and other election spending. Maryland U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, a democrat, strongly favored the bill making an impassioned speech on the floor of the senate shortly before the final vote.