More details: Senate Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act
**UPDATE 1pm PT: Cloture on DISCLOSE officially fails! 57-41. Congrats everyone!**
UPDATE Tues 10:40am PT: Susan Collins and Miss Lindsey both “No” votes, while Lieberman will miss the vote entirely.
UPDATE 3:45pm PT: Politico–DISCLOSE Act still a few votes shy
Posting this at 2pm PT: Here’s the latest. You still have time to act.
From Tea Party Patriots:
The Democrats are running scared, fearful of the impact grassroots activists will have in November. With the DISCLOSE Act, which will go into effect almost immediately, in time for the November elections, they will be able to effectively and legally shut us down. The effort to silence us before the elections is tantamount to a witch hunt. Read this email carefully for more information about this bill and then please make some phone calls NOW and tell them to VOTE NO!!
From our friends at Freedom Action about this speech violating bill:
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?
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)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-4543, (F) (202) 228-2646
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5344, Toll free (800) 432-1599, (F) (202) 224-1946
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2523, (F) (202) 224-2693
Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-6551, (F) (202) 228-0012
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-5623, (F) (202) 228-1377
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Washington DC: (T) (202) 224-2043, (F) (202) 224-7776
DISCLOSE Act’s fate uncertain (this story notes a vote for Tuesday, but it’s happening now).
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