Thanks to all of you who helped with Operation Buck Up Maine and phoned Sens. Snowe and Collins to hold the line against the special interest, speech-squelching DISCLOSE Act.
GOP Leader McConnell assailed the “pure politics” of this election-year stunt. “After a year and a half of passing things Americans don’t like, the Democrats want to silence voices of critics.”
Sen. Schumer yammered on about “transparency” while ignoring all the loopholes carved out for special interests, then proposed changes on the Senate floor to the bill to win over Sen. Snowe…after having drafted the bill behind closed doors with lobbyists.
…the loophole-ridden package exempts large nonprofits with 500,000 or more members. Behemoth labor unions get preferential treatment. Bradley Smith, former Federal Elections Commission chairman, noted that the law places radical speech-squelching restrictions on companies’ ability to run independent political ads: “(I)f you’re a company with a government contract of over $10 million (like more than half of the top 50 U.S. companies) or if you’re a company with more than 20 percent foreign shareholders, you can’t even mention a candidate in an ad for up to a full year before the election. … There are no similar prohibitions for unions representing government contractors or unions with foreign membership.”
Parting words from Schumer sure to be the emetic of the day: “We do not want to chill free speech.”
Like hell he doesn’t.
Stand by for the vote tally.
Update 2:33pm Eastern Snowe is a NO.
Update 2:38pm Eastern Scott Brown and Colllins also NOs.
Democrats will fail to meet the 60-vote threshold.
Final roll call vote 59-39.
Harry Reid foiled again! What part of NO more union pay-off gag orders masquerading as “reform” doesn’t he understand?
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