U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement supporting the DISCLOSE Act.
"So many West Virginians are troubled with the increasing role that money is playing in politics, and I am concerned about how much anonymous money is influencing our democratic process. Since the Supreme Court's decision on the Citizens United campaign finance case, we have seen outside groups unleash an unprecedented flood of money to sway elections -- without telling us who their donors are," Senator Manchin said. "The people of West Virginia believe -- as I believe -- that we need openness, fairness and transparency to stay informed and keep our democracy strong, and the DISCLOSE Act would do just that.
"This bill makes sure every person and organization plays fairly by the same rules, whether those organizations are in the middle, left, right, forward, backward or upside down. The people of this country have a right to know who is spending large amounts of money to influence elections, and this bill would simply make that information available."