Broad Coalition Opposes Targeted Attack on First Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Americans for Tax Reform, accompanied by over fifty other groups, sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives urging members to oppose H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act. These groups ask Congress to reject this bill on behalf of millions of taxpayers and concerned citizens whose rights to free speech are significantly threatened by the DISCLOSE Act. The coalition wrote:
H.R. 5175 is being sold to the public as a "response" to the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. However, this bill uses the ruling as an excuse to expand the scope of campaign finance regulations to strangle free speech.
The bill shifts the regulatory paradigm away from those who are actually funding advertisements and targets, for the first time, individual membership in a group. This inclusive treatment of organizational funding reveals that the intent of this legislation is not true disclosure – it is the intimidation of speech. It also marks a stark departure from the traditional treatment of corporations and unions by applying punitive measures to associations in the corporate form, but not to labor unions, even though these groups have traditionally been treated similarly in campaign finance law.
The DISCLOSE Act, while cleverly named, aims to silence political speech by intimidation and onerous regulation. Such efforts should be rejected swiftly. Thus, on behalf of the millions of Americans we represent, we urge you to reject this assault on free speech and to vote against H.R. 5175.
The full list of signatories is as follows:
60 Plus Association
American Conservative Union
American Council for Health Care Reform
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Tax Reform
American Grassroots Coalition
American Target Advertising, Inc.
Business Coalition for Fair Competition
Center for Individual Freedom
Center-Right Coalition of Florida
Citizen Link, Tom Minnery
Citizens for Limited Taxation (MA)
ClearWord Communications Group
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Center for Competitive Politics
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Committee for Justice
Concerned Women for America
Council for America
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Family Research Council Action
Free Speech Coalition
Gun Owners of America
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Home School Legal Defense Association
Let Freedom Ring
Liberty Counsel, Mathew Staver
Liberty Guard, Bob Barr, Chairman and Joe Seehusen
Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)
Maryland Center-Right Coalition
Morgan, Meredith & Associates
National Right to Life Committee
National Tax Limitation Committee
National Taxpayers Union
Property Rights Alliance
Renewing American Leadership-Action
Republican National Lawyers Association
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Smart Business Hawaii, Samuel M. Slom
Students for Life of America
Tea Party Express
Tea Party WDC
The American Civil Rights Union
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Traditional Values Coalition
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.
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SOURCE Americans for Tax Reform