We have received alerts from multiple non-profit organizations who are gravely concerned about this vote in the House. This vote could have a significant impact on our free speech as a Tea Party movement. Please read carefully the latest alert we just received. The alerts we have received from other organizations were very similar.
[…] the House will be voting on the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175). This legislation is designed to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case and thus stifle Americans’ legitimate right to political speech. The bill increases bureaucratic regulations, which will punish small business owners and grassroots groups. It places onerous regulations on campaign activity, which will all but eliminate grassroots advocacy.
The bill hinders groups from being able to communicate our members’ concerns about public policy. This is not a left/right concern since it targets all speech by all organizations except unions.
However certain organizations, like the National Rifle Association, are exempted from these burdensome disclosure requirements, which allows them to be heard while muzzling all others and trampling their First Amendment rights.
Please call your Representative today at 202-225-3121 and urge them to oppose the DISCLOSE Act.
Director of Legislation and Public Policy
Concerned Women for America
1015 15th St. N.W., Ste. 1100
Washington D.C. 20005
Update: Nancy Pelosi has pulled the DISCLOSE Act from the House:
Following a rebellion by two important factions of rank-and-file House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pulled a campaign-finance bill opposed by a broad coalition of special interest groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had scheduled a Friday vote on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill requiring special-interest groups to disclose their top donors if they choose to run TV ads or send out mass mailings in the final months of an election. The legislation is designed to roll back the controversial Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which overturned restrictions on corporate campaign activities.
But after complaints from the conservative Blue Dogs and the Congressional Black Caucus, Pelosi was forced to pull the bill on Thursday night.
Read the entire Politico story here.