On the same day that he enjoyed a high donor fundraiser courtesy of the ultra-right-wing US Chamber of Commerce, Republican senatorial wannabe Dino Rossi refuses to answer questions as to how he would vote on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that enhances disclosures and disclaimers in the unlimited campaign spending (thanks, Roberts Court!) by corporations and other special interests.
Sen. Patty Murray on DISCLOSE:
“The Citizens United ruling has given special interest groups a megaphone they can use to drown out the voices of citizens in my home state of Washington and across the country. And the DISCLOSE Act would tear that megaphone away and place it back in the hands of the American people, where it belongs.”
Dino Rossi on DISCLOSE:
Of course, Rossi’s silence on DISCLOSE is understandable considering the fierce opposition to the bill from his financial patrons at the US Chamber, but considering his recent promise to vote to repeal both health care and Wall Street reform, it’s pretty easy to guess which side of the issue Rossi falls on: the US Chamber’s side.
But I wonder how well this will play at home. The Seattle Times editorial board for example, have been vocal champions of public disclosure and sunshine laws, and to their credit. Will they hold Rossi’s feet to the fire over his lack of support for the DISCLOSE Act? Or will they ultimately prove themselves to be hypocrites on one of their pet issues?