2022 Scorecard Vote
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sponsored S. 4822, the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act of 2022, which would expand the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals and require additional disclosures of campaign expenditures and certain political advertisements. Undisclosed and unlimited secret campaign contributions by fossil fuel interests threaten both our environment and our democracy. They distort our politics and drown out communities of color and communities with low wealth – who are most impacted by the climate crisis and pollution – by giving even more power to polluters and the super wealthy. Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission severely limit Congress’ ability to enact many common-sense limits on money in politics, and this legislation would make significant strides in ensuring the people can see where that money comes from. On September 22, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4822 by a vote of 49-49 (Senate roll call vote 346). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.