From: The Honorable David N. Cicilline
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Date: 1/18/2017

Cosponsor the DISCLOSE Act – Deadline Extended

Current Cosponsors (101): Aguilar, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Boyle, Brownley, Bustos, Capuano, Cárdenas,
Castor, Conyers, Chu, Katherine Clark, Clyburn, Crowley, Cummings, Cohen, Connolly, Courtney, Danny Davis, Susan Davis, DeFazio, DeGette, Delaney, DeLauro, DelBene, Deutch, Engel, Eshoo, Esty, Evans, Foster, Garamendi, Al Green, Gene Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez,
Hastings, Heck, Higgins, Himes, Jayapal, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Kaptur, Keating, Khanna, Kildee, Kilmer, Kihuen, Kuster, Langevin, Larsen, Lee, Levin, Lieu, Lipinski, Loebsack, Lynch, Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney,
Matsui, McCollum, McGovern, McNerney, Meeks, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, Pallone, Pascrell, Pelosi, Peters, Pingree, Pocan, Polis, Quigley, Rice, Richmond, Ruppersberger, Tim Ryan, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schiff, Serrano, Shea-Porter, Slaughter,
Soto, Swalwell, Tonko, Titus, Torres, Tsongas, Vargas, Watson Coleman, Welch, Yarmuth 

Deadline for Original Cosponsorship:  Friday January 20 COB

Dear Colleague,

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 allowed corporations and special interest groups to pour unlimited sums of money into our federal elections without
any public disclosure requirement. Those expenditures, also commonly known as “dark money,” are undermining our federal elections and endangering the foundation of our democracy. 

Everyday citizens no longer have an equal say or the benefit of a fair, transparent political system.  Instead, a few select wealthy groups and individuals are bankrolling
the majority of campaign-related contributions, giving them an undue and unfair influence in our nation’s politics. 

To address our broken campaign finance system and combat the harmful effects of dark money, I will introduce the Disclosure of Information on Spending on Campaigns Leads
to Open and Secure Elections Act of 2017
 (DISCLOSE Act).  This bill, previously spearheaded by our former colleague and now Senator Chris Van Hollen, will require transparency for campaign spending by corporations, unions and other interest groups.

Specifically, this legislation will require all corporations, unions and other groups to report, within 24 hours, campaign expenditures of $10,000 or more to the Federal Election
Commission and to disclose all campaign-related expenditures to their shareholders and members.  This legislation would also require registered lobbyists to disclose their political expenditures along with their lobbying activities.  Finally, this bill would
create a ‘stand by your ad’ provision so that groups who are running and funding a political advertisement must state that they “approve this message.”

If you have any questions or would like to become a cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, please contact Renuka Nagaraj (;



David N. Cicilline

Member of Congress