Journalists are looking closely at the DISCLOSE bill, Congress’ response to Citizens United. CQ says DISCLOSE will loosen independent spending by the parties on their candidates.
Why is Congress liberalizing party spending? CQ explains:
According to one GOP attorney, opponents of the Supreme Court’s decision are realizing that they will have a difficult time challenging the constitutional right of outside groups to spend money, so this bill is a response to free up the parties to compete.
Mark that. Citizens United has altered the incentives regarding speech. In the past, Congress tried to suppress speech to win elections. Now leaders must liberalize in order to compete for votes.