Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) was one of the original co-sponsors of the Disclose Act, a bill aimed at curbing the influence of corporations and unions in federal elections by requiring them to disclose their role in paying for campaign ads.
But on Thursday she voted against it, one of 26 Democrats to defect, as the House passed it by the narrow vote of 219 to 206.
“The bill has been hijacked by a sweetheart deal for the NRA,” complained McCarthy, who has built her political career by advocating gun-control after a gunman killed her husband on the LIRR.
The chief sponsor of the bill cut a deal to exempt the pwerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, to ease passage, particularly among conservative Democrats.
The bill seeks to limit the effects the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case that allows for the first time in a century corporations to pay for political ads for or against candidates. Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights) and Steve Israel (D-Huntington) voted for it. Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) voted no.
Now the bill goes to the Senate, where Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is chief sponsor. McCarthy said she’s writing Schumer to ask him to remove the loophole for her nemesis.