That particular item related to the DISCLOSE Act:<quoted text> some Republicans conceal?? So do some Dems, so do some Independents.
It is generally accepted knowledge that concealment is a typical facet of politics, I wouldn't be the least surprised to hear of documentation of Roman Senators concealing backers, so why specify 'Republicans'??
"The bill, as introduced, included banning U.S. corporations with 20 percent or more foreign ownership from influencing election outcomes through the use of campaign contributions; preventing Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) recipients from making political contributions; giving shareholders, organization members, and the general public access to information regarding corporate and interest group campaign expenditures; and requiring disclosure of membership information by organizations with more than 500,000 members that made political ads."
"The Republican Minority Leader, John Boehner (R-Ohio), opposed the legislation from its introduction. He argued that the DISCLOSE Act violated of the First Amendment and that the bill is a scheme on the part of the majority to silence their opponents"
"Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), a major opponent of the current bill, stated that the majority had drafted a bill behind closed doors without Congressional hearings or markups. He argued that politics was driving the legislation."
I personally think that the whole "money is speech" argument is wrong, because I'd sure like to know if it's just one or two rich guys from out of state (or even maybe out of the country!) that are buying most of the ads in an Ohio race.
But, those liberals at the ACLU disagree with me. They feel that privacy trumps the public's right to know. I'm ok with that --- intelligent people sometimes disagree.