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: Biden plugs bill requiring super PACs to disclose donors: ‘I believe sunlight is the best disinfectant’


President Joe Biden on Tuesday is scheduled to deliver remarks on a bill that would require super PACs and other groups to disclose their donors. The Senate plans to vote on the measure later this week.

Biden will speak about the DISCLOSE Act from Washington at 1:45 p.m. EDT and will then head to New York, the White House said.

The bill would require super PACs and other so-called dark-money groups to report donors who contribute $10,000 or more during an election cycle.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, announced on Monday that his chamber would vote on the measure this week. With midterm elections approaching in November, he called the bill critical to fighting “the cancer of dark money in our elections.”

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Schumer’s fellow Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced the bill in the spring, noting that Democrats first introduced the DISCLOSE Act in 2010, in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. That ruling allows corporations and other outside groups to spend unlimited money on elections.

In remarks on Monday, Schumer said he hoped Republicans would join Democrats in voting for the legislation. The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has said he opposes new disclosure requirements.

Sixty votes would be needed in the Senate to overcome a filibuster and advance the bill. Democrats currently control 50 votes in the chamber.

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