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  • Latest Action: May 03, 2010 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.

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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 their donors who gave $1,000 or more, 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.

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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 their donors who gave $1,000 or more, 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.

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    • On June 19, 2010, by NukeET - Perhaps one should read the bill and also The Heritage Foundation's article about here: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=36480

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      As noted by NukeET, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 19, 2010, "Perhaps one should read the bill and also The Heritage Foundation's article about here: http://blog.heritage.org/?p=36480"
    • On May 28, 2010, by july7nyc - Why would anyone who is not currently in office or a corporate donor with an agenda be opposed to this bill?

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    • On July 30, 2010, by pramsey - from http://blog.heritage.org/?p=36480 "The real effects of the DISCLOSE Act will be to deter political speech (including criticism of incumbents, such as its chief sponsors, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)) and political advocacy by corporations and associations that Democrats don’t want participating in the American political process. It includes both absolute bans on independent political advocacy and new, burdensome disclosure requirements. Schumer admitted when he introduced the bill that “the deterrent effect should not be underestimated.” During a House Administration Committee hearing, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) made no bones about the fact that he hoped this Act “chills out all . . . I have no problem whatsoever keeping everybody out [of elections]. If I could keep all outside entities out, I would.” 'nough said?

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      As noted by pramsey, a user on OpenCongress.org, on July 30, 2010, "from http://blog.heritage.org/?p=36480 "The real effects of the DISCLOSE Act will be to deter political speech (including criticism of incumbents, such as its chief sponsors, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)) and political advocacy by corporations and associations that Democrats don’t want participating in the American political process. It includes both absolute bans on independent political advocacy and new, burdensome disclosure requirements. Schumer admitted when he introduced the bill that “the deterrent effect should not be underestimated.” During a House Administration Committee hearing, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) made no bones about the fact that he hoped this Act “chills out all . . . I have no problem whatsoever keeping everybody out [of elections]. If I could keep all outside entities out, I would.” 'nough said?"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Penny Hill Press » Blog Archive » The State of Campaign Finance ... - December 29, 2010 by Penny Hill Press - During the 111th Congress, the House responded by enacting the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175; S. 3295; S. 3628). The Senate has, thus far, declined to do so. Fundraising and spending in the 2010 election cycle suggest that previously ...

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      As noted by Penny Hill Press on December 29, 2010, "During the 111th Congress, the House responded by enacting the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175; S. 3295; S. 3628). The Senate has, thus far, declined to do so. Fundraising and spending in the 2010 election cycle suggest that previously ..." (http://www2.pennyhill.com/?p=13945)
    • Government Policy: The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent ... - December 29, 2010 by Government Policy - During the 111th Congress, the House responded by enacting the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175; S. 3295; S. 3628). The Senate has, thus far, declined to do so. Fundraising and spending in the 2010 election cycle suggest that previously ...

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    • PENDING LEGISLATION - December 21, 2010 by CitizenDarrell - PENDING LEGISLATION Campaign Finance Reform, Limit Scope of Citizens United v. FEC S.3295 Latest Title: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles...

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    Highly Rated News Articles

    • DISCLOSE Act Seeks to Blunt Impacts of Citizens United - May 03, 2010 by OMB Watch - To offset the January ruling, the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) would strengthen financial disclosure and establish disclaimer requirements while setting new ...

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      As noted by OMB Watch on May 03, 2010, " To offset the January ruling, the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) would strengthen financial disclosure and establish disclaimer requirements while setting new ... " (http://www.ombwatch.org/node/10973)
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