Monthly Archives: June 2010

House Approves The DISCLOSE Act

The House of Representatives just passed the DISCLOSE Act despite bipartisan opposition by a vote of 219-206.  The legislation now moves to the Senate.  I will post more later. UPDATE: Here are the final vote results for the DISCLOSE Act.  Thirty-six … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – House Likely To Vote Today

The DISCLOSE Act was passed out of the House Rules Committee yesterday setting the stage for a vote on the House floor as early as today.  Listed below are articles discussing this misguided legislation: DISCLOSE Act Nears Its Finale In … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update: Rep. Castle May Oppose Bill With NRA Exemption

The Hill reports that Representative Mike Castle may pull his support for the DISCLOSE Act beacuse of the soft money, special interest exemptions being given away by Congressional Democrats to secure enough votes for passage in the House.  According to … Continue reading

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Rules Committee DISCLOSE Act Hearing Postponed

The backroom negotiations continue regarding the DISCLOSE Act and the Rules Committee has postponed its meeting.  This development appears to be the result of efforts by the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the legislation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  I will post more … Continue reading

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Rep. Lungren: “Democrats Must Stop Auctioning Off First Amendment Rights”

The status of the DISCLOSE Act in the House of Representatives is changing by the hour.  The Committee on Rules is scheduled to meet on the DISCLOSE Act at 3 PM this afternoon which means the legislation may be scheduled … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update: Business Groups Fight Back, Liberals Losing Faith

The lobbying and public relations battle over the DISCLOSE Act continues as the legislation may be headed for a vote on the House floor this week.  I just received late word that a letter signed by 232 business organizations opposing the … Continue reading

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Senator Feinstein Blasts DISCLOSE Act NRA Deal

The Hill reports that the Congressional Democrats’ deal with the NRA to exempt it from the DISCLOSE Act’s draconian disclosure requirements continues to draw pointed criticism.  Senator Feinstein, Democratic Senator from California, blasted the deal House Democrats struck with the NRA. … Continue reading

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Report: No Disclosure Carve Out For Labor Unions in DISCLOSE Act, But What About The Prohibitions?

In an interview last night with Hotline On Call, Representative Chris Van Hollen stated that there will be no disclosure carve outs for labor unions in the DISCLOSE Act.  However, it is important to remember that the labor unions already … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Backroom, Special Interest Deal Fractures Support For Legislation

The fall out resulting from the backroom deal that will exempt the National Rifle Association from the DISCLOSE Act’s draconian disclosure requirements continues to play out.  Yesterday, U.S. PIRG and the Sierra Club announced their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Special Interests To Remain UnDISCLOSEd

It appears that Congressional Democrats have been negotiating with a few soft money, special interest groups who believe that the DISCLOSE Act’s draconian reporting regime will chill political speech.  The result?  A special reporting exemption for large, soft money groups such as the … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – Express Advocacy FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission just released its Weekly Digest for June 7 – 11, 2010.

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Citizens United Is A Press Entity And What It May Mean For The Disclose Act

Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (“Commission”) voted four to 1 that Citizens United’s movie activities are not subject to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s disclosure requirement under the media exception.  Vice Chair Bauerly joined with the three Republican Commissioners in … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – Backroom Maneuvering On DISCLOSE Act

The Washington Post reports that Congressional Democrats and their special interest allies are negotiating behind closed doors to determine whether to exempt specific groups from the DISCLOSE Act’s draconian disclosure requirements.  Apparently, labor unions and a number of liberal and conservative … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Reform Groups Announce Fundraising Event Protests

Roll Call ($) reports that Common Cause and Public Campaign announced plans to hold protests at congressional fundraisers beginning this Thursday.  These groups will ”hold signs and videotape people going into the fundraisers” – tactics designed to deter people from attending … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – Express Advocacy FEC Update

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article this morning stating that the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) will not meet its self-imposed June deadline to promulgate revised regulations for coordinated communications and federal election activity.  According to the article: … Continue reading

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