Nancy Pelosi Gags Public Advocate with Disclose Act
Family Research Council says "Liberal Democrats want to save American jobs all right--their own! Yesterday, House leaders managed to squeak out a bill that could help Democrats do exactly that. The DISCLOSE Act, which would silence some of the Left's biggest critics heading into the midterm elections, passed 219-206. For Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and company, who see the writing on the Election Day wall, this legislation is the closest they may get to shutting up conservatives before November 2. Thirty-six Democrats opposed the bill, which would force corporations and non-profit groups like FRC Action to reveal the names of their top five donors on any political advertising.
As the Hill newspaper describes it, "CEOs would be required to appear on camera... just as candidates must do now."
President Obama calls it "transparency." We call it unconstitutional. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court could not be clearer (p. 23) that "Speech is an essential mechanism for democracy, for it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people.
The right of citizens to inquire, to hear, to speak, and to use information to reach consensus is a precondition to enlightened self-government and a necessary means to protect it." Literally hundreds of groups have publicly opposed this legislation. And those that didn't were protected by backdoor deals that gave exemptions to the parties' biggest spenders.
DELGAUDIO SAYS "NUTS TO NANCY"
Public Advocate President Eugene Delgaudio says "Union officials, environmentalist groups, Obama appointed bureaucrats, tax payer funded propagandists flying in military commandeered jets don't need to disclose any spending to promote the Obama Regime's latest dictates and government takeovers and its a flood of hundreds of millions of dollars. Well I say "nuts" to you, Nancy Pelosi."
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) described the favoritism this way, "There was an auction in the House behind closed doors. Certain groups won the auction. Others did not."