US Senate Republicans block campaign disclosure bill

By REUTERS
July 17, 2012 05:06

 
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WASHINGTON - US Senate Republicans blocked a bid by Democrats on Monday to require political fundraising groups to reveal their anonymous contributors who are fueling negative television advertisements ahead of the November election.

By a 51-44 party line vote, supporters of the Disclose Act of 2012 fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a Republican procedural hurdle.

But Democrats promised to debate the bill late into the night and seek another vote on Tuesday, hoping to paint Republicans as thwarting transparency.

"This is too important an issue to let it die quietly," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.

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