Democracy Prospect: Omnibus Battles Spotlight Political Money Fault Lines

Eliza Newlin Carney  | American Prospect | December 17, 2015

he $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled on Capitol Hill became ground zero this week for all the competing impulses now tearing apart the campaign-finance system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell maneuvered, without success, to let the increasingly marginalized national political parties spend money more freely.

Tea Party conservatives hated that idea, but said it might work if only outside groups, too, could get out from under spending restrictions. That idea, too, fell flat.

Campaign-finance reform advocates lobbied without success to block Republicans from tying the hands of the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission when it comes to forcing disclosure on tax-exempt groups and corporations.

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