While defending Citizens United in the Lee papers, Rehberg said that rather than overturning the ruling, “the correct response is strong laws requiring those who spend money on elections to report their spending.”
“I believe that every single dime ought to be accounted for,” Rehberg said during a June 16 debate in Big Sky, Mont. “It ought to be disclosed from dollar one, within 24 hours on the Internet.”
I guess when Rehberg says “disclosed,” he’s talking about his own ability as someone who matters to make sure he gets information about who is donating to his opponents. When the Congressman wants to hide his backers, disclosure doesn’t apply. Just last month, after Rehberg failed to file his last fundraising report on time, the Federal Elections Commisssion sent him this warning.
Earlier this year, Rehberg was caught hiding some $25,000 he took from lobbyists in 2011. As the Associated Press reported, “It turns out Rehberg has been taking donations from some lobbyists without disclosing their place of employment.” Probably his dog ate the list of corporate lobbyists so they could not be reported.
Rehberg was endorsed by the organization Citizens United last fall. He’s benefitted from millions of dollars in secretive special interest money thanks to the controversial ruling.