Disclose Act undermines our freedom of speech
July 15, 2010
It is ironic that on the eve of our Fourth of July celebration of freedom that the House passed a campaign finance bill, called the Disclose Act, that limits the freedom of speech of some organizations. Any reform bill should apply equally to all organizations and this bill does just the opposite. Even the liberal Denver Post and the ACLU have come out against this bill.
According to the Denver Post, the following liberal organizations are exempt from the Disclose Act: Labor Unions, Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Sierra Club, PETA, and AARP. The only exempt conservative groups, listed in the Denver Post article, are the NRA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both the NRA and USCC are opposed to the bill and are exempt only for the purpose of getting the bill passed. More crooked, back room deals by Obama and the Democrats.
Also exempt are large nonprofit groups that have over 500,000 members, have been in existence for more than 10 years, and have chapters in all 50 states. Small organizations and new grass root organizations will be silenced or harassed by this law.
The liberal mainstream media is also exempt but the “new media” of the Internet are not.
The Disclose Act requires non-exempt organizations to publish a list of all their donors of over $600. If any organization has ethical reasons for not publishing their donor list they will be totally silenced in the political campaign.
I am a proud member of the National Right to Work Committee, which is opposed to forced unionism in private and government jobs. A release of NRTWC donors will put those donors at risk of union retaliation and violence. This is a very real concern as there have been 90,000 cases of documented union violence since 1975.
This is a blatant partisan attempt by Obama and the Democrats to silence their critics’ influence during the November elections. Even if the bill is later declared unconstitutional, they will still have had an unfair influence in the 2010 election.
Call your senators today to stop this unfair, un-American bill. Bennett and Udall talk about limiting the power of special interest groups. This bill gives power to some and takes it from others, and if they vote for this bill they are hypocrites.
Tim T. Schowalter