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The Sunlight Foundation and Sen. Russ Feingold need a little help.  So I'm asking folks to pitch in with this:

Major media outlets are reporting that the Senator in question is definitely a Republican. Since we know that the Senator is a Republican we can narrow down our search to the remaining 12 Republican Senators. Help find the anonymous Senator and call these 12 Senators today. I've separated them into two groups. One group contains Republican cosponsors of the bill that have not made a statement yet. It is highly unlikely that any of these Senators have blocked the bill but it is still worth getting a statement out of them. The second group is our Main Suspects list. These Senators aren't cosponsors and have either not been contacted or refuse to divulge information. It is time to put pressure on these 10 Senators. Just in case a staffer tells you there is no hold let them know that Sen. DeMint's office confirmed that there is a hold to one our callers. Who is the anonymous Senator blocking S. 223? It's time to find out. Use this contact form to let us know or leave your findings in the comments.

Main Suspects

Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Mel Martinez (R-Florida) (202) 224-3041
Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) (202) 224-6142
Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) (202) 224-4774
David Vitter (R-Louisiana) (202) 224-4623
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) (202) 224-5344
Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) (202) 224-6253
John Ensign (R-Nevada) (202) 224-6244
Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) (202) 224-3324
John Warner (R-Virginia) (202) 224-2023

Co-sponsors who haven't denied (highly unlikely)

Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) (202) 224-5054
Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) (202) 224-4224

If you have the time to make a few calls this morning — especially if you happen to be a constituent of any of these Senators — and can let me know if you find out anything, I would really appreciate it.

Wondering what this is about?  I'll let Sen. Feingold explain:

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the Anonymous Republican Hold on the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act

“I am disappointed that a Republican Senator has chosen to block my bill to require Senate campaign reports to be filed electronically. This bill has bipartisan support in the Senate and significant support around the country, from editorial boards to bloggers on both the left and the right. I am aware of no opposition to it at all. I do not understand why someone in this body would block a bill that simply brings the Senate filing process into the 21st century, and do so anonymously and without explanation.”

How about we help shine a little sunshine on a Senator who is anonymously trying to keep the public in the dark?

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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