December 12, 2018 / Press Releases

ECU Praises Tester and Wyden for Passing CRA Overturning IRS Dark Money Ruling in the Senate

The measure was approved by the Senate in a 50-49 vote

End Citizens United Action Fund President Tiffany Muller congratulated Senators Jon Tester and Ron Wyden for passing their Congressional Review Act resolution aimed at overturning the IRS’s decision to allow dark money groups to further hide their donors from officials.

“We applaud Senator Tester and Senator Wyden for their leadership in demanding a government that’s open, ethical, and accountable. The vast majority of Americans want more transparency in government, not less.

“Senate Republicans who voted to reject this resolution would risk opening the door to foreign spending in our elections, free from oversight and accountability. Instead of giving big donors more power and influence in Washington, Republicans in both chambers should support H.R. 1, House Democrats’ upcoming legislation that will make it easier to vote, reduce the power of big money in politics, and ensure public officials work for the public interest.”

Wyden and Tester introduced their CRA resolution in September, following the IRS decision to no longer require groups to disclose the identities of their donors to the agency. House Democrats have pledged to make reform their first bill of the new Congress, which will require political groups to disclose their donors.

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