No Time for Vote on Tax Rates, but to Restrict Political Speech, Sure!

UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): The National Association of Manufacturers this morning against sent our “Key Vote” letter opposing
S. 3628, the DISCLOSE Act, to the U.S. Senate. The letter was initially distributed in July with the first Senate vote on the bill. …

The Hill, “Dems plan last-ditch vote on Disclose Act“:

Democrats plan to rally their troops for the final stretch of the campaign season by bringing up a campaign-finance transparency bill.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Tuesday announced plans for a last-ditch vote on the measure, dubbed the Disclose Act. A vote on the bill is expected Thursday.

Politico, Ben Smith writing on Tuesday, “DISCLOSE vote will wait for high-dollar fundraiser

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just scheduled a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donors to publish their involvement in political ad campaigns, for Thursday.

Why not tomorrow [Wednesday], you might ask? Because there are no votes in the Senate scheduled for tomorrow. And that may be, in part, because there’s something else going on tomorrow: A big New York fundraiser for the Senate Democrats.

“I would be honored if you would join me for a very special reception with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in New York. We have a limited numbers of tickets available to our general reception. If you would like to join us, please contact …[redacted]”

Surprised the vote wasn’t scheduled as part of the Defense authorization debate.

Bradley A. Smith of the Center for Competitive Politics commented in a news release, “Senate’s DISCLOSE Act redux an election-year stunt“:

“Congress hasn’t even passed a budget yet and Senate Democrats are still finding time to rehash a campaign finance bill,” said Bradley A. Smith, the chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “While Americans are concerned about the economy and jobs, Senate Democrats seem most concerned about their own political careers.”

The DISCLOSE Act would make it harder for independent groups to criticize incumbent Members of Congress, forcing bulky disclaimers as much as three times as long as candidate disclaimers and mandating a strict disclosure regime for citizen groups while exempting large interest groups such as the National Rifle Association.

And unions, the labor unions. They’re given special treatment, based on the content of their clout.

The bill is S. 3628.

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