In a 51-44 vote Monday night, Senate Republicans unanimously voted to block the Democratically backed DISCLOSE Act, which would have required political organizations to disclose the names of donors who give $10,000 or more.
Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if Congress doesn't do something to curb the torrents of money being spent on political campaigns by secret donors, said today, then "17 angry old white men will wake up" on the morning after Election Day, "and realize they've just bought the country."
The White House on Monday said it strongly supports the act, which it called a "necessary measure to ensure transparency and accountability," according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget.
Photo: Harry Rreid (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Updated at 5: 30 p.m.
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