Biden to push doomed election black money disclosure bill through Congress

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves the polling station after casting his vote in the Delaware primary, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will speak on Tuesday about a bill that would require super PACs and certain other groups to disclose donors who donated $10,000 or more during an election cycle, a measure doomed to failure due to lack of Republican support.

The bill is expected to pass in the Senate this week, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Monday, as Democrats seek to bolster election transparency ahead of November’s midterms after failing to pass more legislation. ambition on voting rights earlier this year.

The vote lacks the support of the 60 senators needed to pass the Senate vote threshold to end debate.

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Republicans, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, have argued that corporations have a right to speak out through anonymous donations. Democrats say these “dark money” handouts have warped the political system, resulting in laws that don’t reflect the majority of Americans’ views.

“There is no justification in heaven for keeping such massive contributions hidden from the public,” Schumer said.

The measure, known as the DISCLOSE Act, was originally included in the Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill that sought to counter voting restrictions in Republican-led states. That package passed the House in January but died in the Senate under Republican opposition.

Proponents of restrictive state measures said they were necessary to combat fraud. Former Republican President Donald Trump has falsely claimed widespread voter fraud led to his defeat in the 2020 election.

Democrats have accused Republicans at the state level of adopting policies aimed at making it harder for racial minorities who tend to support Democratic candidates to vote.

“State after state, Republican state legislatures are engaged in an unprecedented effort to suppress the sacred right to vote and overthrow America’s foundation for free and fair elections,” Biden said as Senate Republicans voted to block the vote. wider push for suffrage in January.

Republicans in turn accuse Democrats of attempting a federal takeover of election laws.

The DISCLOSURE ACT, if approved, would also require groups spending money on judicial candidates to disclose their donors.

The House of Representatives is separately considering a proposal by Republican Liz Cheney and Democrat Zoe Lofgren clarifying a 135-year-old law to show that the vice president‘s role in certifying elections is purely symbolic.

The proposal is a response to the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, who were trying to prevent certification of Joe Biden‘s victory, and pressure from Trump himself on the vice president. President Mike Pence to undo Joe Biden’s election victory. by decertifying certain lists of electors.

Biden is due to make the remarks at 1:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m. GMT) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House before heading to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Moira Warbuton; Editing by Heather Timmons, Edmund Klamann and Bill Berkrot

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