DISCLOSE Act Passed: To help Dems get back into office this November

Call as many other Senators as possible!


THE “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections,” (or DISCLOSE) bill was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday after only one hour of debate! This major finance campaign reform legislation was crafted behind closed doors by Chris Van Hollen and Chuck Schumer, whose mission is to see as many Democrats re-elected in the House and Senate this fall as possible.

This bill could have a monumental effect on the campaigns underway and November elections.  It hinders the free speech of grassroots organizations and businesses, while the NRA and unions are exempt!

The final vote was 219 to 206 in favor of the DISCLOSE Act.  Only two Republicans – Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and Joseph Cao (R-La.) – crossed party lines. The bill would provide tough new disclosure rules for groups that invest in the election process.  In addition to forcing all 501(c)4 groups to stand by the ads they sponsor during elections (with the CEO of the organization now required to appear in the spot), the law would also demand groups that met certain criteria to reveal who was funding their election activity.

The bill will now head to the Senate where Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will try to shepherd it through that chamber.  He will need to recruit at least one Republican co-sponsor for it to defeat a filibuster.

President Obama had this to say, “I congratulate the House of Representatives on today’s passage of the DISCLOSE Act, a critical piece of legislation to control the flood of special interest money into our elections…”


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