In Maine, public interest groups in favor of the DISCLOSE Act are cranking up the pressure this morning on GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe:
Watchdog groups, including U.S. PIRG, are planning an event in Maine Wednesday morning with representatives of the state’s small business community who support the bill.
Collins came out against the Disclose Act just before the previous vote on the bill, citing what she viewed as imbalances in the way corporations and unions are treated in the disclosure requirements and complaining that the measure was designed to provide Democrats an advantage in the November election. She also complained that the bill did not go through the normal committee process and was introduced and voted on without a single hearing.
Snowe, meanwhile, said she was focused solely on measures aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the economy.
These groups aren’t singling out Snowe and Collins for fun, or even because the Senators are generally known as moderate Republicans. Instead, it’s because both of them have a extensive track record advocating on behalf of campaign finance issues and represent a state that has approved some of the strictest reporting standards in the country for state-based races and propositions. I’ll have more on the effort in Maine later today.
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