As many of us had already guessed, Senator Brown has no problem supporting measures limiting your right to Free Speech....
Thank you for sharing your views on the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act (S.3295). While you and I disagree on this issue, I appreciate hearing your thoughts.
On January 21, 2010, by a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court overturned a long-standing precedent that prevented businesses from spending corporate dollars on campaigns. Large corporations can now use their near-unlimited treasuries to pump billions of dollars into the support or opposition of candidates.
I am extremely troubled that there will now be even more special interest money in the political system. Drug companies, insurance companies, and Wall Street banks will now be free to spend millions of dollars on campaigns to push their agendas. The Court's decision is not good for our political system, and it is not good for America.
S.3295 would protect American consumers by imposing disclosure requirements on businesses that choose to use corporate dollars in political races. These protections would make it easier for consumers to know if portions of their daily purchases are being used to fund political advertisements and campaigns. This legislation would also ban contributions by foreign-controlled corporations in order to protect the American democratic process from foreign interference and influence. Campaign spending by government contractors would also be banned as an additional measure to ensure that taxpayer money is not spent on political advertisements.
In addition to S. 3295, I have introduced the Citizens Right to Know Act, S. 3004, which would ensure the public knows when corporations are sponsoring campaign ads, prevent corporations from diverting dollars into campaign spending without the explicit approval of their shareholders, and further stop foreign-owned corporations from influencing U.S. elections.
S. 3004 is currently pending in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. As a member of this committee, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that people, not corporations, hold the power in our democratic system.
Thank you again for getting in touch with me on this important issue.
Hmmm.... I wonder if the color of Senator Brown's shirt matches his last name?