Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Brady Applauds Appeals Court Decision on Van Hollen v. FEC

May 15, 2012 Issues: Elections

May 15, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) As of today, any entity creating electioneering communications will have to disclose the identity of their top donors.

Last night, a D.C. Court of Appeals panel denied a request to stay the District Court’s ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC.  This decision, which requires the disclosure of certain electioneering communications, is a step in the right direction towards the ultimate goal of overturning the Citizens United v. FEC decision, which has allowed for an unprecedented amount of secret money to flood our elections.  

“This ruling is another important victory for disclosure and for the overall integrity of our electoral system.  This election cycle is on pace to be by far the most expensive in history and the American people have a right to know who is financing it,” said Brady,  “Secret money is poisonous to a democracy and today we’re seeing more of it than ever before. This is dangerous territory.  I applaud my colleague and friend Representative Chris Van Hollen for his leadership in bringing this matter forward, and the Court of Appeals’ decision to make our elections cleaner.”

House Administration Democrats will continue the fight for transparent elections by seeking immediate Committee consideration of the DISCLOSE Act.