Last week McCain told the Hill that it would take a major scandal before there is enough political will on Capitol Hill to pass another campaign finance reform bill.

“What I really think is that it’s going to take a scandal and there’s going to be one. There’s just too much money washing around,” McCain said. “Every time in history there have been these reforms it’s been following a scandal. It’s what it’s going to take, I think.”

ADVERTISEMENT
That didn’t stop Democrats from questioning why the DISCLOSE Act did not have more bipartisan support, as McCain-Feingold did.

“This should be a bipartisan issue,” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy Senate reaches deal on new sexual harassment policy Washington governor to make Iowa debut MORE (D-Minn.) said Monday night. “Sens. McCain and Feingold championed campaign finance reform for years and this is a much less drastic change.”

The DISCLOSE Act bill would have required companies, unions and other entities to report campaign spending of more than $10,000.

“I do know that campaign finance, which was a bipartisan issue in this chamber in 2003, where Sen. Feingold and Sen. McCain, a Democrat and Republican, lead a strong bipartisan coalition to reign in the negative influence of special interest money,” Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Finance: House sends Dodd-Frank rollbacks to Trump | What's in the bill | Trump says there is 'no deal' to help ZTE | Panel approves bill to toughen foreign investment reviews Congress, Trump eye new agency to invest in projects overseas On World Press Freedom Day, elected officials must commit to keeping press freedom nonpartisan MORE (D-Del.) said. “That has changed to, today sadly, a starkly partisan issue.”