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  • Latest Action: Jun 29, 2010 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 448.

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on June 24, 2010, with a roll call of 219 ayes, 206 nays, and 8 not voting.

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    • This is the Democrats' response to the Supreme Courts' recent Citizens United v. FEC ruling. It seeks to increase transparency of corporate and special-interest money in national political campaigns. It would require organizations involved in political campaigning to disclose the identity of the large donors, and to reveal their identities in any political ads they fund. It would also bar foreign corporations, government contractors and TARP recipients from making political expenditures. Notably, the bill would exempt all long-standing, non-profit organizations with more than 500,000 members from having to disclose their donor lists.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This is the Democrats' response to the Supreme Courts' recent Citizens United v. FEC ruling. It seeks to increase transparency of corporate and special-interest money in national political campaigns. It would require organizations involved in political campaigning to disclose the identity of the large donors, and to reveal their identities in any political ads they fund. It would also bar foreign corporations, government contractors and TARP recipients from making political expenditures. Notably, the bill would exempt all long-standing, non-profit organizations with more than 500,000 members from having to disclose their donor lists.

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On June 19, 2010, by peacefrog - Great article, NukeET. I recommend reading it. "...The NRA, which previously called the Citizens United decision a “defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us,” has apparently agreed to withdraw its opposition to the DISCLOSE Act in exchange for a narrowly drawn exemption. Instead of applying to all nonprofit advocacy groups, including the smaller, less powerful ones with limited budgets that will be particularly affected and burdened by these new regulations, the exemption will apply only to 501(c)(4) organizations with members in all 50 states, numbering more than one million overall, that have been in existence for ten years and receive 15 percent or less of their funds from corporations. The NRA, a well-funded, powerful organization, coincidentally fits within this exemption. So the NRA has received its 30 pieces of silver in return for forsaking the political speech rights of the rest of us."

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      As noted by peacefrog, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 19, 2010, "Great article, NukeET. I recommend reading it. "...The NRA, which previously called the Citizens United decision a “defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us,” has apparently agreed to withdraw its opposition to the DISCLOSE Act in exchange for a narrowly drawn exemption. Instead of applying to all nonprofit advocacy groups, including the smaller, less powerful ones with limited budgets that will be particularly affected and burdened by these new regulations, the exemption will apply only to 501(c)(4) organizations with members in all 50 states, numbering more than one million overall, that have been in existence for ten years and receive 15 percent or less of their funds from corporations. The NRA, a well-funded, powerful organization, coincidentally fits within this exemption. So the NRA has received its 30 pieces of silver in return for forsaking the political speech rights of the rest of us.""
    • On June 17, 2010, by Foggy - Actually the financial meltdown was much more complex than that, and it had much more to do with a culture of greed on wall street. The government played a role to be sure, but really, blaming it all on their policies towards Fanny and Freddy? Come on. And another thing: do yourself a favor and look up the definition of fascism.

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      As noted by Foggy, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 17, 2010, "Actually the financial meltdown was much more complex than that, and it had much more to do with a culture of greed on wall street. The government played a role to be sure, but really, blaming it all on their policies towards Fanny and Freddy? Come on. And another thing: do yourself a favor and look up the definition of fascism."
    • On June 17, 2010, by Nokwisa - Are private companies mentioned anywhere in the Constitution??? NO... All rights in voting for elected officials lies with the People! The People as individules. So would you have each plant vote who they would like to be elected to the office of _______ (you fill in the blank) Industry and Labor Unions go hand in hand at times to the benefit of all and at times NOT. I dont want any Industry nor Labor Union to do MY Voting for me. A certain industry only cares about what is good for IT not the Nation as a whole.

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      As noted by Nokwisa, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 17, 2010, "Are private companies mentioned anywhere in the Constitution??? NO... All rights in voting for elected officials lies with the People! The People as individules. So would you have each plant vote who they would like to be elected to the office of _______ (you fill in the blank) Industry and Labor Unions go hand in hand at times to the benefit of all and at times NOT. I dont want any Industry nor Labor Union to do MY Voting for me. A certain industry only cares about what is good for IT not the Nation as a whole."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Drunk at idrunk.com » Blog Archive » McConnell Calls Obama ... - June 17, 2012 by http://idrunk.com/ - pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ...

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      As noted by http://idrunk.com/ on June 17, 2012, "pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ..." (/url?q=http://idrunk.com/2012/06/16/mcconnell-calls-obama-thuggish-over-opposition-to-citizens-united/&sa=U&ei=KGXlT6GjGqrI2AXzksnaCQ&ved=0CCAQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNHibAh9XvGYDcfqS0XlCLgmKA2Ejg)
    • Drunk at idrunk.com » Blog Archive » McConnell Calls Obama ... - June 16, 2012 by http://idrunk.com/ - pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ...

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      As noted by http://idrunk.com/ on June 16, 2012, "pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ..." (/url?q=http://idrunk.com/2012/06/16/mcconnell-calls-obama-thuggish-over-opposition-to-citizens-united/&sa=U&ei=3hkYUOnvI4Gu8QSK8YEY&ved=0CCAQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNF_w6B7GXyV_fQX14nud2F9y2mRqw)
    • Drunk at idrunk.com » Blog Archive » McConnell Calls Obama ... - June 16, 2012 by http://idrunk.com/ - pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ...

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      As noted by http://idrunk.com/ on June 16, 2012, "pa Democracy is Strenganed by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act or a href=”http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show”DISCLOSE Act/a was first introduced by Democrats in 2010 after a Supreme Court's ..." (/url?q=http://idrunk.com/2012/06/16/mcconnell-calls-obama-thuggish-over-opposition-to-citizens-united/&sa=U&ei=-ZD2T4GBKKrI2AWPsJnlBg&ved=0CCAQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNHUFNuxTwZTsXXr3tJ_sKrVskDyCg)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • - November 09, 2010 by The Guardian - In Congress, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act, (HR 5175). Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has favoured disclosure for 20 years, but led efforts to ...

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      As noted by The Guardian on November 09, 2010, " In Congress, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act, (HR 5175). Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has favoured disclosure for 20 years, but led efforts to ... " (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/10/partyfunding-us-supreme-court)
    • Scott Nigell says Glenn Nye voted against bill that would have defunded $5 ... - October 31, 2010 by PolitiFact - Asked to support the statement, Rigell's camp pointed to a procedural vote on a rule held during consideration of HR 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by ...

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      As noted by PolitiFact on October 31, 2010, " Asked to support the statement, Rigell's camp pointed to a procedural vote on a rule held during consideration of HR 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by ... " (http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2010/nov/01/scott-rigell/scott-nigell-says-glenn-nye-voted-against-bill-wou/)
    • Voter's Guide 2010: NH representative to US Congress - October 29, 2010 by Wire - Elections & Campaign Finance: Shea-Porter supported HR 5175, which tightened campaign finance disclosure requirements. In 2007, she supported giving voting ...

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      As noted by Wire on October 29, 2010, " Elections & Campaign Finance: Shea-Porter supported HR 5175, which tightened campaign finance disclosure requirements. In 2007, she supported giving voting ... " (http://www.wirenh.com/news-mainmenu-4/11-news-general/4523-voters-guide-2010-nh-representative-to-us-congress.html)
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