For the past two days, the Senate has been debating the DISCLOSE Act, bringing it up for a vote to end the filibuster twice. To Senate Democrats' credit, they've decided that if debate will not be closed, they will actually debate. They held a midnight vigil until 1:00 AM to debate it and have been debating it for the balance of today's session, leading up to a second cloture vote at 3:00 PM, which once again failed along pure partisan lines -- 53-47.
When yesterday's vote failed, Harry Reid stood up and got about as forceful as I've ever heard him, saying that if they can't get this bill passed "17 old angry white men will wake up the day after the election and realize they've bought the country."
During the debate leading up to the second failed vote today, Florida Senator Bill Nelson got even more specific than that. Here's the punch line:
This vote is coming at 3:00. We're not going to get it. It's going to be the same vote, 53-47. Why?
Because these outside, unlimited source of funds that are not disclosed are affecting elections and it is achieving the result.
Translated, Senator Bill Nelson just called the Republicans out for their corruption, on the record, on the Senate floor. He did not use the word "corruption", but "affecting elections" is code for that.
Bill Moyers gets specific, naming names: