Skip to comments.(vanity) Contact your senators to vote NO on S.3369, the Disclosure Act
Posted on 09/09/2012 1:26:06 PM PDT by Kolath
Contact your senators to vote NO on S.3369, the Disclose Act, which would violate our 1st Amendment rights by forcing organizations like ours to turn over membership and contributor lists to the federal government. Liberal media and leftwing attacks against conservative political donors show the danger and expose the true intent, to stifle free, conservative speech. This bill would create complex regulation of political spending and campaign activity, also non-partisan lobbying like ours, causing expensive costs to comply with the regs, and subsequently chill free speech. The administrative burdens would smother conservative organizations.
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I like to thank ak267 for bring this to my attention.
I guess. I think everything needs to be out in the open. Soon superpacs could be bankrolled by foreign governments. That could be where we are heading.
So by your estimation we should have let the original superPACs (unions) to have controlled the spending agenda? Remember, we conservatives have the ability to exploit our own superPAC, We The People.
I don’t see any need for the Government to stick their nose into the member, or donation lists of private organizations.
One other thing to consider, is this would also have to pass the House as well.
House: Representatives Mike Castle (R-Delaware) and Walter Jones, Jr. (R-North Carolina) were the only two Republican co-sponsors of H.R. 5175. There were a total of 114 co-sponsors.
Senate: There are twenty seven Democratic co-sponsors and no Republican support.
House of Representatives
In a Washington Post op-ed, Representatives Van Hollen and Castle stated that now is the time for Congress to improve transparency and enforce disclosure on special interests who attempt to influence elections process. They believe that Americans deserve the right to information about special interests and further protecting democracy from outside influence. Further, they argue that opponents cannot argue against the merits of the bi-partisanship.
The Republican Minority Leader, John Boehner (R-Ohio) opposed the legislation from its introduction. He argued that the DISCLOSE act is a direct violation of the First Amendment and believes the bill is a scheme on the part of the majority to silence their opponents and the legislation has fallen victim to backroom deals and special interest exemptions.
It allows the Humane Society to speak freely, but not the Farm Bureau. It would protect the AARPs rights, but not 60-Plus. And lastly it would protect the National Rifle Association but not the National Right to Life. The NRA is carved out and gets a special deal in this bill. The NRA is all about protecting the Second Amendment, but apparently its leaders dont care about protecting the First Amendment. Thats very disappointing.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York), the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the DISCLOSE Act (s. 3628), claims that in a time when the American people fear the influence of special interests, the legislation will create greater disclosure over the flow of money. He further argued that unless Congress acts quickly, The Supreme Court will have predetermined the outcome of Novembers election.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), a major opponent of the current bill, stated that the majority has drafted a bill behind closed doors without Congressional hearings or markups. He argues that politics is driving the bills introduction and future passage.