John McCain Abandons Campaign Finance Issue Again

Two years after being the deciding vote to preserve a filibuster and kill the DISCLOSE Act — a bill which would have allowed citizens to know what corporations and wealthy donors are paying for the “independent expenditure” attack ads enabled by the 5-4 Citizens United ruling — Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) continues to obstruct the campaign finance reform movement he once championed, opposing a scaled-down campaign finance disclosure bill. After telling The Hill in May that he was in discussions with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the lead sponsor of the DISCLOSE 2012 bill, and would support a bill that addressed “the issue of union contributions as well as other outside contributions,” McCain has refused to sign onto the bill. While McCain continues to make the argument that the bill somehow favors labor unions, the only mention of unions in the text of the bill is a line noting that local and local affiliates of national and international unions would be treated the same was subsidiaries of large corporations would be.