Campaign Finance Bill Buried
May 2, 2012
Late yesterday the Senate buried campaign finance reform for another year. After some debate, senators voted 19-9 to send S.20 – a bill that would have reestablished common sense limits on campaign contributions and required more disclosure from candidates (including the occupation and employer of their larger donors) – to the Judiciary Committee where it will die.
Sen. Peter Galbraith (D-Windham), who opposes the Campaign Finance Reform bill, sealed its fate by demanding that it include his proposal to prohibit corporate and union contributions to candidates. VPIRG thinks that’s a fine idea, but since it was not going to pass this year, it was not worth sacrificing the whole bill.