Special Interest & The Government

Posted: June 15, 2010 in constitution, rants, special interests
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“Exempt section 501( c)(4) organizations” are also exempt from new reporting requirements. These are organizations which have qualified as having tax exempt status under section 501( c)(4) of the tax code for each of the 10 years prior to making a campaign-related disbursement, that had 1 million or more dues-paying members in the prior calendar year, that had members in each of the 50 states, that received no more than 15 percent of their total funding from corporations or labor organizations, and that do not use any corporate or union money to pay for their campaign-related expenditures.”

The above is an excerpt from the DISCLOSE Act exempting certain nonprofit groups from publicly disclosing donors to political campaigns. It was a deal reached between congress & the NRA to gain the support of certain lobbying groups.

If passed as written, the bill will exempt nonprofit organizations from the new law if they meet certain requirements. Those requirements being: the organization is at least 10 yrs old, has at least 1 million members, has members in all 50 states, & get 15% or less of their funding from corporations and/or labor unions.

That’s all well and good for the big dogs that can already afford to play ball with the govt, but what about small, local nonprofits that don’t operate on a national level? They’re as affected by this new bill as much as the big boys, like the NRA, would’ve been without this amendment.

And what about corporations & labor unions? According to a recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, they have as much a right to free speech (yes, political contributions are a form of speech) as private citizens.

So here we have a bill that not only protects favored special interests & hinders their smaller counterparts, but also flies in the face of a Supreme Court ruling protecting free speech for ALL citizens.

They say that this will stop a flood of special interests from influencing elections. Really? How exactly will exempting big special interests from the law keep a flood of special interest money out of elections? And when was the last time an ad influenced your decision during an election?

The fact is, as an influencer, political ads are ill-suited to the task. at most, they should be viewed as an informer that may or may not aid your decision. This bill is an overreaction to a, some say, controversial SCOTUS decision. It’s purpose: to silence voices who are big enough to cause trouble and too small to play ball.

Tell your congressmen & women that you oppose this bill.

  1. […] Special Interest & The Government « Boss's Blog […]

  2. […] Cut to today. Now we have big corporations (not all, but some), lobbyists, & special interests that have politicians in their back pockets. Case in point: the NRA. They recently pledged support for a campaign finance reform bill after being awarded exemption from the new rules through a provision they authored (see my previous post: Special Interest & The Government). […]

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