DISCLOSE Act Fails

With a name like that who wouldn’t want to pass it?

But just like every other bill Congress creates, this bill was given a flashy name to hide its true intentions.  The DISCLOSE Act is a freedom of speech killing bill that does nothing more than silence speech of people and organizations that might oppose the progressive agenda while big labor and other left-wing activist groups get a free pass.  Thankfully it failed in Congress yesterday by a 57-41 vote, but you can expect it to be recycled in the future.  Michelle Malkin has a great article covering this dirty bill:

You know when a politician starts a sentence with “frankly,” he’s about to lie to your face. The same principle applies to campaign finance legislation dubbed the “DISCLOSE Act.” The voter’s instinctive reaction should be: What are they trying to hide now? Drafted out of public view with left-wing lobbyists and rammed through Congress after bypassing committee hearings, this bum bill would have been better named the CLOSEDDOOR Act.

At a Rose Garden press conference on Monday, President Obama decried the influence of “shadow groups” on elections and urged the Senate to pass the “reform” sponsored by N.Y. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. But the loophole-ridden package exempts large nonprofits with 500,000 or more members. Behemoth labor unions get preferential treatment. Bradley Smith, former Federal Elections Commission chairman, noted that the law places radical speech-squelching restrictions on companies’ ability to run independent political ads: “(I)f you’re a company with a government contract of over $10 million (like more than half of the top 50 U.S. companies) or if you’re a company with more than 20 percent foreign shareholders, you can’t even mention a candidate in an ad for up to a full year before the election. … There are no similar prohibitions for unions representing government contractors or unions with foreign membership.”

Read the rest of Michelle’s article here.