How important was the Ocean State’s own Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to the national progressive agenda in 2012? Two bills he sponsored in the year that was were flagged by ThinkProgress as being among the five most important pieces of legislation blocked by Republicans.
Whitehouse’s DISCLOSE Act (which RI Future was the first news organization to report on) was named the second most important bill blocked by Republicans. It would have made SuperPACS more accountable to the American public with regard to their political advertising, so you can see why the GOP didn’t like it. Here’s what ThinkProgress had to say about it:
The DISCLOSE Act of 2012, repeatedly blocked by Congressional Republicans, would have allowed voters to know who was funding the attack ads that flooded the airways from secretive groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.
And Whitehouse’s even more famous Buffett Rule bill came in at number three on the list. ThinkProgress wrote this about it:
Senate Republicans in April filibustered the Buffet Rule, which would have set a minimum tax on millionaires. Huge majoritiesof Americans consistently support the rule, which would raise tens of billions of dollars per year from Americans who have seen their incomes explode while their tax rates plummeted.
We give Whitehouse tons of credit for putting Republicans on record for not supporting transparency in political advertising and pandering to America’s millionaire class. Well played!!