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The Supreme Court this week reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to spend unlimited money in political campaigns. The ruling is renewing a push from the region's lawmakers for tougher disclosure laws.

The primary season only recently ended in the D.C. area and local air waves are already saturated with negative political ads. Those ads are nothing new, but experts say the Citizens United ruling is already increasing the volume of ads people will have to endure this cycle. 

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) was disappointed in the court's ruling. He said the court, in its look at the Montana campaign finance case this week, missed an opportunity to reexamine its earlier decision. 

"I think the Citizens United will go down as one of the worst decisions in the history of the Supreme Court, so I think it's very disappointing,"   They had a chance to recognize their mistakes and they didn't. 

Now Cardin and other lawmakers are renewing their push to force big-dollar donors to disclose how much they're doling out to independent Super PACs. 

"We have to stop this runaway spending on campaigns in America," Cardin says. "It is doing a disservice to our system. And we have to really look at where we are going to be in a decade from now and do we really want to see that type of money chase for political office?"

Sponsors of legislation to enhance campaign disclosure requirements are hoping to bring their bill to the Senate floor in July. 

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