Saturday, June 26, 2010

DISCLOSE ACT- HR5175 - #1895 - DISCLOSE ACT Passes the House - Redstate

Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the bill 219-206, with 36 Democrats and 170 Republicans in opposition to the measure, which was written by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who led the Senate Democrats’ campaign panel in 2008. The bill is full of draconian restrictions on individual political speech expressed via corporations, but gives privileged status to the Democrats’ union masters. A provision pushed by Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Bob Brady, for example, allows unions to transfer unlimited funds among affiliated groups to pay for political ads with no disclosure whatever. That makes campaign funding more transparent? Believe me, it gets better and better - for given values of ‘better’ - so read the whole thing. Quite a few special-interest exemptions in there, mostly involving unions but also (and notably not mentioned in the Examiner article) the NRA, the Sierra Club, and AARP*. About the only good thing that you can say about this bill is that it’s going to be extremely hard to find a Republican Senator dumb enough to sign off on it. And before you say “John McCain,” he’s already come out against it: But McCain says he will be no part of advancing a bill that requires more disclosure of corporations than it does of labor unions. “It’s no surprise that Democrats craft a bill that favors their supporters,” he said, after the House vote. Amazing what a contested primary will do to focus a man’s mind. Labor unions, the Sierra Club, AARP… and the National Rifle Association.

Tom Perriello (D-5th) spoke on the House floor in favor of the DISCLOSE ACT and His Amendment to Prevent Foreign Influence in our Elections.    That's our boy Tom worrying about the Foreign influence, but it's OK to exempt the Unions, from DISCLOSURE. I bet SEIU is involved somewhere, I wonder how much they will be donating to his campaign from now until November. Pay back time.  Please read Mike Pence's comment on the DISCLOSE ACT below.  From Virginia 5th Watchdog -I don’t know enough about this act to comment. This is the statement from Tom Perriello’s website. See his video as well.  I do find it interesting that in his video he says it is part of decency to say “this is who I am” but we still don’t even know if he resides in the 5th district.  Congressman Tom Perriello’s effort to protect U.S. elections from foreign influence achieved a significant victory today by passing the U.S. House as part of the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175). In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allowed for unlimited corporate spending in electioneering activity, Rep. Perriello introduced H.R. 4523, the Save Our Democracy From Foreign Influence Act of 2010, which would prohibit corporations with foreign shareholders from making contributions or expenditures in American elections.   Read more......

Pence on DISCLOSE ACT - GOP.gov. - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Democrat “DISCLOSE Act:”“Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 5175, the Democracy is Served by Casting Light on Spending in Elections – DISCLOSE – Act. “However, I must say, rarely has a bill fallen so short of doing what its title says. In fact, this bill does the opposite of its name by limiting free speech in the political process. “The First Amendment says, ‘Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.’ That right is cherished by all Americans and is to be protected by this Congress. Unfortunately, this bill is a naked attempt to cloud the free speech rights of millions of Americans; rights that were clearly affirmed in January by the Supreme Court.  “It’s for that reason that I am profoundly disappointed that the Democratic majority is trying to overturn the High Court’s Citizens United decision. The justices were clear about the freedom of Americans to collectively participate in the political process through organizations. And the fact that the Court overturned a 20-year precedent speaks volumes about the importance of this issue.  Read more.........


Election Clock Ticks for Campaign Finance Bill Facing a Crowded Senate Agenda - The Hill - Despite a hard-fought victory in the House, supporters of the Democratic campaign finance bill are now confronting a more dispiriting reality: the dwindling chances the legislation will affect the fall elections.  Advocates of the Disclose Act have long pointed to July 4 as a deadline for enacting the law so that its provisions could be implemented and enforceable during the hotly-contested midterm congressional campaign. But with the Senate bogged down in fights over tax legislation, a Supreme Court nomination and energy proposals, that marker will almost surely pass without action on campaign finance.  Read more.........

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