Senate GOP blocks campaign finance measure
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked legislation imposing new restrictions on political activity by special interest groups Tuesday, probably dealing a fatal blow to a drive by the White House and congressional Democrats to rewrite campaign rules in the run-up to the midterm elections.
The 57-41 vote was three short of the total needed to advance the measure, which calls for greater disclosure on campaign advertising funded independently by corpora- tions, unions and other organizations, but included an exemption for the National Rifle Association and a small number of other groups.
Less than 100 days before the elections, the debate was highly political — and the outcome widely anticipated.
Meanwhile, Target Corp. on Tuesday defended the use of its new freedom to spend money on political campaigns as employees and gay organizations criticized a $150,000 donation that will help a Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate who opposes gay marriage.
Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel assured employees at the company’s Minneapolis headquarters in an e-mail that the discount retailer’s support of the gay community is unwavering.