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DISCLOSE ACT - WE MUST DEFEAT THIS BILL

posted Jun 17, 2010, 2:49 PM by Robert Alexander
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 DISCLOSE ACT - WE MUST DEFEAT THIS BILL
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 is expected to take place tonight or tomorrow.
 
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  andKeeneD@CarmenGroup.com
 
 
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration 202-225-2801 202-225-5823 
Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy 202-225-5315 202-226-6866 
Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-02), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications 202-225-3011 (202) 225-5638 
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 N/A 
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 
Space, Zack (OH-18) (202) 225-6265  (202) 225-3394 
Tanner, John (TN-08) (202) 225-4714 (202) 225-1765 
Taylor, Gene (MS-04) 202-225-5772 202.225.7074 
 
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