The Senate is set to vote on the DISCLOSE Act today, which would silence opposition.
The bill would kill the free speech rights of small opposition groups by burying them under a mountain of red tape and expense, while exempting leftist lobbying groups including unions, the ACLU, and the Sierra Club. The NRA was also exempted in order to buy off their opposition to the measure.
Here's Tea Party Patriots on the measure:
INFORMATION (from Freedom Action)
Even if somehow the speech restrictions in this bill were constitutional, their uneven application would be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection under the law. Even the left-leaning Sierra Club has labeled the DISCLOSE Act a two-tiered system that is "unfair and undemocratic" and that smaller grass-roots organizations would be disadvantaged because they lack the resources to cope with "the additional disclosure burdens." The unions and the big non-profit groups get to keep their free speech given to them in the January Supreme Court decision, but the corporations and small non-profits lose theirs under DISCLOSE.
Also, President Obama and some Democrats are dishonestly stating that the Court's decision would "open the floodgates for special interest, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections." However, current federal law and Federal Election Commission regulations already ban foreign corporations from participating directly or indirectly in American elections. (see 2 U.S.C. § 441e and 2 U.S.C. 437g).
HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU
Exampleville, Ohio has two people running for U.S. Congress-Mr. A and Mr. B-in what promises to be a close race. Exampleville's local Tea Party believes in Mr. B. The Tea Party wants to run ads highlighting Mr. B's stance on cap and trade, federal spending, increased taxation, etc, but they don't have enough money to fulfill the new highly complex reporting requirements from DISCLOSE. And DISCLOSE would force them to list their top donors, even if they are not necessarily the specific donors to the ads, in their ads. Besides, the disclaimers required could take up to 14 of a 30 second ad. The Tea Party gives up trying to run ads to support Mr. Republican.
In contrast, Mr. A has some well-funded unions who want to see Exampleville's factories unionized, so the unions run ads against Mr. B and ads for Mr. A. Also, the Sierra Club and the ACLU (groups actually opposed to DISCLOSE) want Mr. A to support their issues, so they also run ads for Mr. A. None of these ads are subject to DISCLOSE's requirements.
Guess who wins?
(For those interested, here's a good link with information on the actual language and problems with the DISCLOSE bill, click here.)
The DISCLOSE Act exempts unions and very large special interest groups!! And the little guy is left without a voice.
Senators to call:
Scott Brown (R-MA) He is voting NO so call him to say thank you for defending equal free speech rights for all!
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4543, (F) (202) 228-2646
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) She is undecided so we've got to reach out to her! Remind her that this bill creates unequal freedom of speech for different people!
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5344, Toll free (800) 432-1599, (F) (202) 224-1946
Susan Collins (R-ME) She is undecided so we've got to reach out to her! Remind her that this bill creates unequal freedom of speech for different people!
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2523, (F) (202) 224-2693
Ben Nelson (D-NE) No info yet
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-6551, (F) (202) 228-0012
Kent Conrad (D-ND) No info yet
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2043, (F) (202) 224-7776