Category Archives: Legislation

Senate DISCLOSE Act Today

With anticipation building that the Senate will vote on the DISCLOSE Act, here is a list of articles on the subject: BNA Money & Politics Report, Schumer willing to alter DISCLOSE Act; no sign seen of break in GOP filibuster … Continue reading

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Senate DISCLOSE Act Vote Scheduled for Thursday

Politico reports that Senate Democrats have scheduled another vote on the DISCLOSE Act for this Thursday.  Apparently, news of the vote was announced on Twitter.  According to the article, the vote will not occur tomorrow while the Senate is in … Continue reading

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President Complains About Independent Political Speech in Weekly Address

The President used his weekly address to complain about the independent expenditures and issue advocacy advertisements criticizing his policies and the Democratic Majorities in Congress.  The ads are sponsored by a number of conservative groups and trade associations.  He focused … Continue reading

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Fair Elections Now Act To Prohibit Joint Fundraising Committees Between Federal Candidates and PACs or Party Committees

Section 104 of H.R. 6116, the Fair Election Now Act, apparently seeks to prohibit federal candidates from establishing joint fundraising committees with federal political action committees or political party committees.  The legislative language does not appear to prohibit federal candidates … Continue reading

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CHA Schedules Hearing On Public Financing of Congressional Elections

The Committee on House Administration (“CHA”) just released a notice for a September 23, 2010 meeting to mark up the Fair Elections Now Act, a legislative proposal to use federal taxpayer dollars to fund congressional elections. In these times of soaring federal … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats May Bring DISCLOSE Act Up For Another Vote

The Hill reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor for another vote.  Apparently, the legislation will contain only the byzantine reporting requirements that are designed to chill independent political speech.

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President Calls On Congress To Reconsider The DISCLOSE Act

President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address to call on Congress to reconsider the DISCLOSE Act.  He did not make any new arguments for passage of the legislation and his statements echoed many of the same ones used … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Senate Democrats May Try Again After The August Recess

Hotline On Call reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act back to the Senate floor for another vote after the August recess.  It appears they have decided to use the legislation as a vehicle to score political points.  The Democrats and reformers are lobbying … Continue reading

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Lobbying – House Passes Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act

Last week, the House passed H.R. 5751, the Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act.  The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration last week. H.R. 5761 amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 by establishing a Lobbying Disclosure Enforcement Task Force that … Continue reading

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Shareholder Protection Act – Latest Incarnation of the DISCLOSE Act?

Last week, the House Financial Services Committee passed the H.R. 4790, the Shareholder Protection Act of 2010. The legislation will amend the Securities Exchange Act to require shareholder approval before a publicly traded company may engage in political speech. The … Continue reading

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“Dems Table Campaign Finance Reform”

Politico reports that Senate Democrats have tabled the DISCLOSE Act for the time being.  However, they may bring it up for another vote this fall if they believe they can score some political points.  The strategy appears to be fairly consistent with the … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Democrats Fail To Get 60 Votes For Cloture

The U.S. Senate just completed the procedural vote to proceed to debate regarding the DISCLOSE Act.  Senate Democrats failed to achieve the required 60 votes, and the motion failed 57 to 41.  We will have to wait and see if the they … Continue reading

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President Obama To Make Statement On The DISCLOSE Act

Politico reports that the White House has announced that President Obama will make a statement on the DISCLOSE Act today at 2:20 pm.

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“Down To Zero For Dislcose Act”

The National Journal reports on the DISCLOSE Act maneuverings in the Senate in advance of tomorrow’s cloture vote.

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Lobbying Disclosure – Groups Advocate Stregthening Lobbying Registration Requirements

Politico published an article discussing a new initiative by two groups to strengthen the lobbying registration requirements.  Specifically, the American League of Lobbyists and Sunlight Foundation are teaming up to advocate the elimination of the 20% lobbying activities requirement so that behind-the-scenes players … Continue reading

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