Watchdog Group Urges Congress To Pass DISCLOSE Act
June 17, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Last January the Supreme Court ruled that campaign finance laws should be relaxed to reflect constitutional rights to free speech by allowing businesses, unions and advocacy groups to air political ads. It has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, and has been subject to both legal and legislative challenges.
Among the latter is the DISCLOSE Act —introduced by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.)—which would impose new disclosure requirements on organizations that spend money on political advocacy campaigns.
However, it has run into trouble in the House of Representatives as a result of the opposition from such diverse interest groups as the National Rifle Association and the AFL-CIO. According to The Washington Post, they believe the bill would require them to identify small donors as well.
As the prospects of the bill passing this year are receding, ProtectOurElections.org—a non profit organization—has launched a campaign to persuade Congress to revive the legislation, which it says is "meant to protect public elections and the votes of millions of Americans."
"[We need to] mitigate the corrosive effects of the Supreme Court’s decision allowing unlimited secret funding of elections by corporations," the organization said in a statement.