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Editorial: A vote on Disclose is fantasy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (Feb.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (Feb. 14, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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Once upon a time, both parties supported full disclosure of who's paying to influence political races. But that was back before the Supreme Court opened the spigot, allowing corporations and others to spend without limit. Now it's likely Democrats won't even be able to get the Disclose Act to the Senate floor Monday for debate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised Republicans will filibuster the bill, which would require Super PACs, unions and other groups to disclose donations of $10,000 or more within 24 hours.

Transparency is critical to the integrity of elections. Voters need to know who's bankrolling the messages coming their way. Do you have to believe in fairy tales to think we could have an open debate about opening the ledger books?

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