Friday, June 18, 2010
Defeat the Disclose Act
Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,
We have received information from Capitol Hill regarding the "Disclose Act" and we must work to defeat this bill. The vote was expected to take place today. But after complaints from the conservative Blue Dogs and the Congressional Black Caucus, Pelosi was forced to pull the bill on Thursday night. Democratic leadership aides said the vote would be rescheduled for next week.
On April 29, 2010, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act. The bill is a direct response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (McCain- Feingold) - a First Amendment victory in which the Supreme Court overturned the prohibition on corporations and unions using treasury funds for independent expenditures supporting or opposing political candidates at any time of the year. Simply put, the DISCLOSE Act will limit the political speech that was protected and encouraged by Citizens United.
Speaker Pelosi and the House Majority Leadership are making it a priority to pass this bill. This bill is designed to take away the influence of Tea Party and other conservative groups in the upcoming November election. We feel like this bill will be successfully challenged in the courts, but the ruling will not come before the November election.
An exemption has been carved out for the Labor Unions and other leftist advocacy groups. The NRA was also exempted so they would not oppose it.
Roll Call Magazine reports today that they have carved out even deeper exemptions in order to assure passage and we believe it clearly shows the intent of the bill is to diminish the effectiveness of Tea Party groups and other newer conservative advocacy groups.
"Facing wide-ranging blowback from an exemption tailored for the National Rifle Association, House Democratic leaders have decided to expand the carve-out from disclosure requirements in a campaign finance measure they are trying to pass this week.
The new standard lowers the membership requirement for outside groups from 1 million members to 500,000. Those groups would still need to have members in 50 states, have existed for 10 years and can accept no more than 15 percent of their funding from corporate or union sources. The broader bill, called the DISCLOSE Act, comes in response to the controversial Supreme Court decision in January that struck down limits on corporate and union spending in elections. The bill would force groups participating in elections to name their top donors, among other changes."
We need you to make phone calls, send emails and faxes and urge the Congressmen listed below to vote no on this bill. If you are a NRA member, we urge that you email the NRA and ask them to oppose this bill.
Together, we can make a difference!
NRA - CCox@NRAHQ.org and KeeneD@CarmenGroup.com
Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD)
202-225-2801 / 202-225-5823
Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09)
202-225-5315 / 202-226-6866
Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-02)
202-225-3011 / 202 225-5638
Space, Zack (OH-18) 202-225-6265 / 202-225-3394
Altmire, Jason (PA-04) 202-225-2565 / 202-226-2274
Baca, Joe (CA-43) 202-225-6161 / 202-225-8671
Barrow, John (GA-12) 202-225-2823 / 202-225-3377
Berry, Marion (AR-01) 202-225-4076 / 202-225-5602
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02) 202-225-3631 / 202-225-2203
Boren, Dan (OK-02) 202-225-2701 / 202-225-3038
Boyd, Allen (FL-02) 202-225-5235 / 202-225-5615
Bright, Bobby (AL-02) 202-225-2901 / 202-225-8913
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18) 202-225-6131
Carney, Christopher (PA-10) 202-225-3731
Childers, Travis (MS-01) 202-225-4306 / 202-225-3549
Cooper, Jim (TN-05) 202-225-4311 / 202-226-1035
Costa, Jim (CA-20) 202-225-3341 / 202-225-9308
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28) 202-225-1640 / 202-225-1641
Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03) 202-225-5406 / 202-225-3103
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04) 202-225-6831 / 202-226-5172
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02) 202-225-3915 / 202-225-6798
Gordon, Bart (TN-06) 202-225-4231
Holden, Tim (PA-17) 202-225-5546 / 202-226-0996
Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01) 202- 225-5311 / 202-225-0254
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07) 202-225-2731 / 202-225-5773
Markey, Betsy (CO-04) 202-225.4676 / 202-225-5870
Marshall, Jim (GA-08) 202-225-6531 / 202-225-3013
Matheson, Jim (UT-02) 202-225-3011 / 202-225-5638
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03) 202-225-4031 / 202-226-3944
Michaud, Mike (ME-02) 202-225-6306 / 202-225-2943
Minnick, Walt (ID-01) 202-225-6611 / 202-225-3029
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05) 202-225-2190
Moore, Dennis (KS-03) 202-225-2865 / 202) 225-2807
Murphy, Scott (NY-20) 202-225-5614 / 202-225-1168
Nye, Glenn (VA-02) 202-225-4215 / 202-225-4218
Peterson, Collin (MN-07) 202-225-2165 / 202-225-1593
Salazar, John (CO-03) 202-225-4761 / 202-226-9669
Scott, David (GA-13) 202-225-2939 / 202-225-4628
Tanner, John (TN-08) 202-225-4714 / 202-225-1765
Taylor, Gene (MS-04) 202-225-5772 / 202.225.7074
You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!