- Senate Launches Debate on “DISCLOSE Act” to Abridge Fr ee Speech

Unconstitutional Bill Designed to Help Democrats Steal November Elections

Washington, D.C., July 26, 2010 – In a move to constrain constitutionally-guaranteed political speech, the Senate this week is debating and voting on the so-called “DISCLOSE Act.”
The DISCLOSE Act, already passed by the House, would require small non-profit organizations engaged in political activity to disclose their top 5 donors in political advertisements. In the House version of the bill, large unions and established advocacy groups, such as the National Rifle Association, are carved out, but Tea Parties and other smaller grassroots organizations would be burdened with DISCLOSE’s rules.  It is an effort to undermine the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that struck down portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign law and allowed political spending by corporations.
“The DISCLOSE Act is an assault on the constitutional right to free speech of grassroots and Tea Party groups guaranteed by the First Amendment,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action.  “The DISCLOSE Act would infringe the free speech rights of a wide variety of small non-profit groups on the left and the right that wish to participate in the elections, while carving out exemptions for a number of larger groups.  It will soon be found unconstitutional, but it will be too late for the 2010 elections.”
Tens of thousands of Freedom Action members have e-mailed and phoned their Members of Congress to urge them to vote No on the DISCLOSE Act.  Freedom Action will score House and Senate votes on the DISCLOSE Act.  A No vote is the correct vote.  A cloture vote has been scheduled for Tuesday.