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Rep. Bustos Expects Tough Road Ahead For Transparency Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the For The People Act Friday. The bill would require political organizations to disclose large donations, and make changes to Congressional ethics rules. Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos introduced the legislation, and says it was spurred by citizens’ political frustration.

“They’re frustrated with the secret and dark money that enters politics. They’re frustrated by the self dealing in Washington," she said.  "And they’re frustrated by the culture of corruption that rewards the powerful while the voices of hard-working Americans are drowned out.”

Bustos says it’s also meant to strengthen ethical standards. 

"Our bill will end the dominance of big money in politics," she said. "It will ensure that elections are fair, and it will make sure Congress is working for the people instead of for themselves, banning members from serving on corporate boards.”

The measure passed along party lines. Republican opponents characterize the proposal as a power grab.

For The People now heads for the Senate, but Bustos says it’s likely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t bring the measure up for a vote. In the long term, Bustos says she and fellow Democrats will continue their efforts to eliminate the role of dark money in politics.