Thursday, July 29, 2010

DISCLOSE ACT SB3295 - #1984 - Behind DISCLOSED Doors - Family Research Council

To the surprise of few, the Democrats' DISCLOSE Act failed to proceed in the Senate, falling short of the needed 60 votes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) knew the effort to influence this year's elections would fail, but brought it up anyway to further appease the liberal base that the Democratic Leadership has been trying to keep in line since they took over Congress four years ago.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has become an unmatched champion of free speech in the Senate, put it best when he pointed out, "A yes vote on this bill will send a clear message to the American people that their jobs aren't as important as the jobs of embattled Democrat politicians... If the Founding Fathers were here, they'd remind us. They'd hold up the Constitution and remind us of the oath we took to support and defend it.  While last night was a victory for those who believe in the First Amendment, there is little doubt that President Obama and Sen. Reid will try to bring up the legislation again and again before the November elections in their attempt to silence their opponents. One day they may finally learn--the more they try to shut us up, the louder those of us who believe in democracy will get. 

Pro-family Groups Applaud Blockage of DISCLOSE ACT - Baptist Press -A campaign finance bill that many pro-family groups say would limit their ability to get their message out and possibly lead to the intimidation of donors was blocked in the Senate July 27 when Democrats failed to get any Republicans to support it.  The White House-backed DISCLOSE Act needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster but got only 57, although it technically was only one vote short. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I.-Conn., was absent and said he would have voted "yes," and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev., switched his vote to "no" at the last minute in a procedural tactic that will allow him to bring the bill up again. All 40 Republicans who were present voted against it, with one Republican -- Sen. John Ensign, R.-Nev. -- being absent. A similar version of the bill had passed the House, 219-206.

A host of pro-life and pro-family groups opposed it, including the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council Action, National Right to Life, Focus on the Family's Citizenlink and the National Organization for Marriage. On the left side of the spectrum, the Americans Civil Liberties Union also was opposed. The bill would apply not only to nonprofits but also to corporations, and its supporters said it was intended to shine more light on campaign ad spending.  If passed and signed by President Obama, it would have gone into effect this year, impacting this election cycle. The day before the vote, Obama urged its passage, saying it was needed to limit the power of "shadow groups" who buy millions of dollars of ads and hide behind names such as "Citizens for a Better Future" even if, he said, "a more accurate name" would be "Companies for Weaker Oversight."  Read more.........

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