Campaign Finance Restrictions on Free Speech and Privacy - Cloture Vote

Senate Roll Call No. 220
111th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 57-41 (see complete tally)
On July 27, 2010, the Senate, by a vote of 57-41, failed to garner the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and allow a final vote on the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act (DISCLOSE Act) (S. 3628). The legislation included a provision obligating many advocacy organizations that wish to speak out on candidates and, in certain situations, political issues, to release the identities of many of their donors, while allowing a few large mainstream organizations to preserve the privacy of their donors. The ACLU opposed this legislation, and urged a "NO" vote on the cloture motion, because it required disclosure of the donors to smaller and more controversial organizations engaged in political speech, but not larger and less controversial ones; because it required organizations to disclose the identities of even small donors; and because it blurred the line between restricted campaign advocacy and otherwise protected issue advocacy. (Please note While Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is listed as "no," he voted that way based only on procedural considerations to enable the legislation to be voted on again in this congress. He fully supports passage of this legislation.)

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 220
Votes For : 57
Votes Against : 41
Not Voting : 2