DISCLOSE, Yanked Again

Politico, “Nancy Pelosi yanks campaign finance bill,” or as we describe it, the bill to limit political speech.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had scheduled a Friday vote on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill requiring special-interest groups to disclose their top donors if they choose to run TV ads or send out mass mailings in the final months of an election. …

But after complaints from the conservative Blue Dogs and the Congressional Black Caucus, Pelosi was forced to pull the bill on Thursday night.

Kim Strassel, writing at The Wall Street Journal when floor consideration still seemed likely Friday, flays the NRA but does even better in disclosing the motivations of the sponsors. From “The NRA’s Political Sellout: Why is the gun rights lobby helping Chuck Schumer help unions?

As for the bill itself, even some Democrats have admitted it is likely unconstitutional. But the goal here isn’t lasting legislation. The goal is to have this in place for this midterm election, when Democrats are at a low point, and when an empowered union base and a silenced corporate presence could make the difference between keeping the House and losing it. If the Supreme Court strikes it down after that, so be it. Cynicism at its finest.

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