Do you remember how President Obama called out the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address back in January (see video below)? He was referring to the Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that unexpectedly upheld the Constitution and free speech by ruling that corporations, unions, and nonprofit organizations are permitted to make campaign contributions under the First Amendment. After chastising the Supreme Court, Obama urged “Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct this.”
The DISCLOSE Act is the bill that President Obama was asking for in his State of the Union address. It is a direct attack on the free speech rights of corporations and organizations, even online bloggers, during campaigns. For more information about H.R. 5175 read Raven Clabough’s two recent articles, “NRA Trades First Amendment Rights for Second Amendment Rights” and “Dems Not Yet Prepared to Let DISCLOSE Act Go Away.”
Contact your representative and senators today in opposition to this latest attack on free speech.