July 14, 2010

What Won't Brown Do for You?

Soon after Democrats and reform groups put all their DISCLOSE eggs in the Scott Brown basket, Brown came out firmly and strongly against it.

Senator Schumer vows to push ahead, and reform groups are now targeting Senators Snowe and Collins (John McCain has long been abandoned by these groups). It is not at all clear that this effort will work, or whether it would be enough to pass an attempted filibuster.

Given what Senator Brown has said about campaign finance reform, I wonder if he will now come out with his own proposal to deal with these issues, so at least crucial disclosure rules will be in place in time for the 2012 elections. I bet if he took the lead on a bill, he would get bipartisan support and backing from the reform groups.

Posted by Rick Hasen at July 14, 2010 10:29 AM