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Call your Senators today – Stop the DISCLOSE Act “again!”

September 22, 2010 by sttpp

Dear Fellow Citizens, 

This is an emergency, so please call and/or email your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and insist they vote for free speech and against the “Disclose Act” (S. 3628).

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: call (202) 224-4451 or e-mail

Senator Chuck Schumer: call (202) 224-6542 or e-mail

Big Labor’s allies in the Senate are trying to silence you and me — and this crucial vote is coming TODAY.

It’s vital you act IMMEDIATELY.  

Big Labor’s allies in the Senate are trying to silence you and me — and this crucial vote is coming TODAY. 

Union-label Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has hatched a plan to ram the speech-killing “Disclose Act” through the Senate TODAY. 

Urgently,
Doug Stafford  – National Right To Work Committee

  

  

Dear Defenders of Free Speech,
 

A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE SENATE FELL JUST SHORT OF THE VOTES NEEDED TO BEGIN DEBATE ON THE DISCLOSE ACT — THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS BIT OF ELECTION FIXING EVER CONCEIVED.

THE DISCLOSE ACT IS INTENDED TO REVERSE A SUPREME COURT RULING FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WOULD REQUIRE ANY ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU IF YOU MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO THEM. THEN OF COURSE THEY WOULD SHARE THAT INFORMATION WITH THOSE YOU STAND AGAINST SO THAT THEY COULD TARGET YOU.

FREEDOM LOVING CONSERVATIVES SPENT YEARS TRYING TO GET THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO RESTORE THE FREE SPEECH STRIPPED AWAY BY THE MCCAIN-FEINGOLD “FINANCE REFORM” ACT. THESE CONSERVATIVES WANTED TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHT TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LIBERAL AGENDA IN WASHINGTON. WHEN THE SUPREME COURT RULED THE MCCAIN-FEINGOLD ACT UNCONSTITUTIONAL, THE LIBERALS IN WASHINGTON CAME UP WITH A NEW “CAMPAIGN FINANCE” BILL CALLED THE DISCLOSE ACT.

LET US BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS: CONGRESS WANTS TO ELIMINATE FREE SPEECH DURING ELECTION TIME.

PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING YOUR SENATORS TO STOP THIS TODAY.

 

Eugene Delgaudio

President, Public Advocate for the United States


Dear Fellow Constitutional Advocates,  

The free-speech shredding DISCLOSE Act is back.

Using procedural tricks, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is planning on bringing the DISCLOSE Act up for a vote on Thursday.

I need you to call both your Senators right now! Demand that they vote against any version of the DISCLOSE Act. 

In the name of “openness” Reid and arch-gun hater Chuck Schumer (D-NY) want to silence grassroots activists like you and me.

They say they want to “shine light” on our “dealings” in order to restrain our “undue” influence on politics.

In reality, they’re only interested in protecting their reelections and hiding their anti-freedom voting records.

You and I cannot let them succeed in these dirty tricks.

Luke O’dell and Dudley Brown

NAGR (NationalGunRights.org)

Letter in opposition to H.R. 5175, the “DISCLOSE Act”

To download a PDF version of this NFIB Key Vote Letter, click here.

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, I am writing to express our strong opposition to H.R. 5175, the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act, or “DISCLOSE Act.” A vote against final passage of H.R. 5175 may be considered an NFIB KEY VOTE for the 111th Congress.

NFIB opposes the legislation for two primary reasons. First, it threatens the First Amendment rights of small business owners across the country. Secondly, narrow, unfair exemptions for a few politically-favored special interest groups were added to the legislation. This undermines the intent of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which upheld the right to engage in free speech, particularly political speech.

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations and unions may now directly and expressly advocate for the election or defeat of candidates for federal office, as long as they do not coordinate their efforts with campaigns or political parties. The decision specifies that the First Amendment protects corporations and unions the same as individuals with regard to the ability to spend money to influence elections. The decision keeps in place disclosure and disclaimer requirements. These requirements involve reports that have to be filed with the FEC on electioneering communications, and the ads themselves must carry a disclaimer stating who is responsible for the content. It also leaves in place the prohibition on direct corporate or union contributions to candidates. NFIB supports the Supreme Court’s ruling as it ensures that small business owners are heard throughout the electoral process.

By specifically targeting for-profit corporations and the associations that represent them, the legislation stands in stark contrast to past campaign-finance legislation, which sought to treat unions and corporations equally. Sponsors of this legislation have conveniently set disclosure limits at $600, effectively exempting unions yet including virtually all associations and corporations. The same provision of the bill also exempts unions from having to disclose transfers of up to $50,000 from affiliated unions, while allowing for no comparable exemption for businesses.

Additionally, in an effort to find the votes to pass a flawed, unconstitutional bill, narrow exemptions for a handful of special interest groups were added to the bill. This discriminatory treatment is impossible to reconcile with Supreme Court precedent proscribing “differential treatment” of speakers .  Providing such a blatant political carve-out only further exacerbates small businesses owner’s alarm about the policies being pushed by Congress. H.R. 5175 is a back-room attempt to silence the voices of America’s small business owners, at a time when our country desperately needs them to lead an economic recovery. The political intent of the legislation is made clear by providing preferential favor to labor unions and special interests in the form of an exemption from the bill’s free speech limits.

Sincerely,
 
Susan Eckerly
Senior Vice President – Public Policy

SEND THIS LETTER TO YOUR SENATORS:  http://govtrack.wordpress.com/key-officials-contact-page/

 

Action Alert
 
Congress wants to make you shut up. Will you let them?
 
Fearful of what Election Day in November will bring them, liberals in Congress are pushing H.R. 5175, the “DISCLOSE Act,” a bill disguised as campaign finance reform, but which is really designed to protect incumbents during the current election year.
 
Instead of addressing the problems often found in the financing of campaigns, H.R. 5175 adds to the already onerous burdens placed on law-abiding organizations by exposing their donors in places like TV, radio and newspaper ads.  The bill exposes the hypocrisy of its supporters by giving special treatment to favored special interests, even though the bill is designed to crack down on the power of many other special interests!
 
These tactics are used to intimidate donors.  They were used in the 1960s during the Civil Rights struggles, and more recently have been employed against Christians in states like Massachusetts, California and Maine for merely voicing their beliefs on marriage being between one man and one woman. 
 
Now the Democrats want to intimidate you into silence as well!
 
The goal behind this bill, written by the head of the Democratic Congressional Committee and a liberal Republican who fears a primary challenge, is to influence this election in particular. Liberals are well aware that the DISCLOSE Act is unconstitutional.  They know that the courts may eventually overturn the law, but not before November 2nd, 2010–election day. By then, the damage to free speech will have already been done.
 
Please contact your House Senate Member today and tell him to oppose H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act.
 
Thank you and God bless you.
Tony perkins
 
 

The Emperor’s New DISCLOSE

You can add the President’s name to the list of supporters on the DISCLOSE Act, or as we like to call it, the 2010 Incumbency Protection Act.” The White House issued a statement of endorsement this week, just as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to quash the rumors that the Senate wouldn’t take up the bill if it passed the House. Despite outrage from his own side, Sen. Reid wrote, “We commit to working tirelessly for Senate consideration of the House-passed bill so it can be signed by the president in time to take effect for the 2010 elections.” Considering the tough race the Majority Leader faces it is no surprise he wants to move quickly to silence the opposition. Meanwhile, H.R. 5175 seems to be inching closer to a vote in the House as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tries to cobble her shaky coalition back together after several Democrats stepped away from the bill. Once again, she resorted to some backroom wheeling and dealing to buy back her support, this time by protecting government contractors who might be banned from political speech during election season. As always, Speaker Pelosi is on the lookout for new ways to undermine democracy to get her legislation passed. In a great sound bite from the debate, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) described it as “auctioning off the First Amendment.” Going once… going twice…

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