Not a Priority, and Unconstitutional Besides

Politico publishes a collection of opinion on H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act, today in its Arena Digest feature, “Arena Digest: What do you think about the DISCLOSE Act?” Two that jumped out:

Martin Frost, attorney and former Democratic congressman

Will someone please remind Congress that creating jobs is more important than fiddling with the campaign laws? Forget about it.

We might phrase that a little differently, “Will someone please remind Congress that creating jobs is more important than abridging First Amendment rights?” Also, from Karen Kerrigan, president, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council:

There’s one small problem with the DISCLOSE Act: It’s unconstitutional. The bill’s challenges go far beyond business-community opposition. Center-left groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have also weighed in against it. At its core, the bill picks which groups get First Amendment protections and which do not. Business organizations such as mine do not meet the clever specifications crafted to exempt specific groups; therefore, the voice of small business is effectively muzzled while larger interests are protected.

No House Rules Committee meeting scheduled yet on the bill.

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