The procedural vote on the DISCLOSE Act failed to get the 60 votes needed to bring the bill to the floor. The vote was 57-41.
The bill would have required groups to disclose who paid for their campaign commercials.
The moderate republicans Majority Leader Harry Reid sought support from (Collins, Snowe, and Scott Brown) had all previously indicated they would vote against bringing it to the floor.
(Sen. Joe Lieberman did not vote. He is out of town at a funeral, so the best Democrats could have mustered was 58 votes. Reid also voted against it, because, according to the rules of the Senate, only someone who is on the losing side of a measure can bring it back up.)
The Senate now returns to the small-business jobs bill.