This regressive Supreme Court decision hands the keys of our elections over to big corporations, effectively overturning a near century of law that Congress passed to protect the voices of ordinary citizens. If this ruling stands without congressional action to shed light on special interest spending, you are sadly going to have the best elected officials corporate America can buy.

The activist Supreme Court suggests that a corporation is able to speak louder and more often than ordinary citizens. We need to hear all voices in the political process, not just those of the well-connected or those with the most money. That’s why soon after the Court’s ruling I introduced legislation requiring campaign organizations to disclose the top five donors providing the largest amount of money to any political organization. It was wrapped into larger campaign finance legislation, known as the DISCLOSE Act, giving the bipartisan bill stronger teeth while making it the most far-reaching campaign finance reform legislation since McCain-Feingold.

The DISCLOSE Act says NO to the Supreme Court and hands the keys of our elections back to the people. It exposes fly-by-night groups that attempt to cover up their identities and lets the American people know who is trying to influence their elections by exposing campaign organizations so they can’t hide behind shadow groups — because after all, if you’re saying it, the public deserves to know who’s paying for it. And thanks to my provision, DISCLOSE goes a step further, requiring the top five funders of any organization to effectively stand by their ad, the same way candidates do. This applies equally to corporations, unions and candidates.

This bill is not perfect; however, it is a step in the right direction. As usual, the politics of progress are defined by compromise, but refreshingly the DISCLOSE Act crosses the political divide. Even House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) supported campaign finance legislation in the past when he said in a 2007 "Meet the Press" interview, “We ought to have full disclosure, full disclosure of all the money that we raise and how it is spent. And I think that sunlight is the best disinfectant.” Watchdog groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen and the League of Women Voters agree and strongly support this bill.

We must ensure, through congressional action, that people have control of the process of their government. That’s why Thomas Jefferson said, “…the way to have a good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many.”

The people of our country have said time and time again they want less money in politics, not more. Ultimately, campaigns need to be about issues and ideas, not about who has the most money to influence elections.