I’m moving the Reid/Angle race from the “borderline suicidal if we don’t win it” column, where it currently resides with the Rubio/Crist contest in Florida, to the “well, at least I’ll get six more years of easy content” column, where you’ll also find the Boxer/Fiorina showdown.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just scheduled a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donors to publish their involvement in political ad campaigns, for Thursday.
Why not tomorrow, you might ask? Because there are no votes in the Senate scheduled for tomorrow. And that may be, in part, because there’s something else going on tomorrow: A big New York fundraiser for the Senate Democrats…
The event has prices raising up to $15,200, but a mere $2,500 contributed or raised buys you access to a “VIP reception with members of Congress.” The money goes to the House Senate Victory Fund, which splits its recepts between the DSCC and the DCCC…
The source who sent this one over puts it in the “you can’t make this up category.”
Senate Democrats will bring up the same version of the DISCLOSE Act that failed to pass a procedural hurdle in July. Republicans filibustered the bill, noting that it would provide special advantages to unions over business groups, wasn’t up for amendment through the committee process and would advance partisan interests at a time when other priorities loom large.
“Congress hasn’t even passed a budget yet and Senate Democrats are still finding time to rehash a campaign finance bill,” said Bradley A. Smith, the chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “While Americans are concerned about the economy and jobs, Senate Democrats seem most concerned about their own political careers.”
The DISCLOSE Act would make it harder for independent groups to criticize incumbent Members of Congress, forcing bulky disclaimers as much as three times as long as candidate disclaimers and mandating a strict disclosure regime for citizen groups while exempting large interest groups such as the National Rifle Association.
Forty Republicans plus Reid himself (for procedural reasons) voted no in July, and thanks to the bill’s bias towards unions, all Republicans present will vote no on Thursday. (John Ensign missed the last vote.) Just like today’s defense bill, Reid’s bringing this up purely to make Republicans choke on it so Democrats can moan about money in politics over the next six weeks before the midterms — when they’re not busy attending big-dollar fundraisers, that is. Exit question: Will Murkowski come back for this vote? Since the Dems can’t get to 60 without a GOP defection, it doesn’t really matter, does it?