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Apr 2, 2019

Continuing Push to Shine a Light on Dark Money, Tester Fights to Make Elections More Transparent

Senator sponsors DISCLOSE Act to shed light on contributions to political groups

(U.S. Senate) - Continuing his relentless push to shine a light on dark money in politics, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced legislation to increase transparency in elections by forcing political organizations to disclose the names of their biggest donors.

Tester's Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act requires political organizations, including Super PACs, to promptly disclose the identity of all donors who give more than $10,000 during an election cycle.

"Right now, our campaign finance laws allow special interests and anonymous wealthy donors to buy influence and affect election results in Montana," Tester said. "The DISCLOSE Act sheds light on these donors so Montanans know exactly who is paying for the constant ads that flood their TVs and mailboxes during election season."

The DISCLOSE Act would require organizations to report information about donations over $10,000 during an election cycle to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 24 hours.

To prevent the practice of hiding donations through other organizations, Tester's bill also requires political organizations to report transfers of funds that are made to other groups for campaign-related expenses.

Tester's bill would also prohibit foreign nationals from participating in election-related decision making by individuals, corporations, or other political groups to prevent them from influencing American elections.

As the founder and Chairman of the Senate Transparency Caucus, Tester has been one of the strongest advocates for campaign finance reform in the Senate. He recently reintroduced the Spotlight Act, a bill to shine a light on dark money political donors, and his constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision. Last week, he cosponsored the For the People Act, a sweeping elections reform package to increase transparency and combat the influence of dark money in politics.

Read more about Tester's push for campaign finance reform HERE.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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