DISCLOSE This: Bill Would Silence Critics

From Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine, “Undisclosed Interests: Legislators fight corruption by silencing their critics“:

In a 1996 law review article, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan warned that campaign finance laws “easily can serve as incumbent-protection devices, insulating current officeholders from challenge and criticism.” The DISCLOSE Act, a speech-squelching bill supported by the man who nominated Kagan, is a good example.

President Obama and congressional Democrats say the DISCLOSE Act, which is expected to come up for a vote soon, is aimed at ensuring transparency and preventing corruption in the wake of Citizens United v. FEC, the January decision in which the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on political speech by corporations and unions. But the bill’s onerous, lopsided requirements suggest its supporters are more interested in silencing their critics.


David A. Patten, Newsmax, “Obama, Democrats Push Controversial ‘Disclose’ Campaign Finance Rule
The Hill, “Critics cheer missed deadline on campaign finance legislation
Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government, “Union power grabs in their own words

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