Schumer pledges that DISCLOSE Act restrictions on campaign spending would not take effect until after midterm elections

The DISCLOSE Act, a campaign finance bill that forces organizations that run political advertisements to reveal their funding sources, would not take effect until after the November midterm elections if passed, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.

Republicans blocked the bill
in July, and Schumer said he hoped the change in the bill’s date of enforcement would sway at least one Republican vote, which is needed to block another filibuster.

“We are willing to change the effective date to January 2011 so that it won’t apply to this November’s election,” Schumer said. “Even if we didn’t take this step, the reality is, we are late enough in the election cycle that the law could not realistically take effect in time for this fall. But to show we are willing to work with Republicans, we would offer this as an amendment if we can get onto the bill.”

The bill would require organizations that pay for political ads to reveal their sources of funding and includes speech restrictions on government contractors, companies with foreign investors and exemptions for some labor unions and large groups like the National Rifle Association.

Specifically, the measure will require the largest donor behind any political television ad to say he approves the message. The names of the top five groups that have donated must also appear on the screen.

Schumer said that the measure is a direct response to the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. The FEC, where the Court ruled in January that certain campaign finance rules were unconstitutional and that spending on political ads is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment.

The bill has received criticism from strange bedfellows from across the political spectrum, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Right to Life Committee, who say the bill would discourage political speech.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote on the bill for Thursday, a move that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed as “pure politics.”

Maine Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who have been outspoken supporters of campaign finance reform, are under pressure from advocacy groups to cross party lines and vote for the bill.

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  • theprofessor

    Again, the dems are just setting one bill after another up to fail hoping to draw in enough sheeple to help themselves at the polls. They don’t want it to pass — they only want to bring up something that makes the Republicans appear negative. Fortunately, the voters have caught onto that scheme and are sick and tired of the stupid games instead of doing actual productive work. That’s why their approval ratings are in the toilet.

    Donnydumdum – stop arguing about stuff you have absolutely no clue about. Clearly, you are not smart enough to read and understand the legislation and are just repeating crap you read in other comment section from other lunatics.


  • thetruther

    The Supreme Court already decided this issue, Schumer, or does the Constitution no longer matter to you and your party?

    Get over it; wake up and smell the tea.

  • Joe Astroturf

    These bum republicans every day they give more to these marxist Dems. They never hold the line.

  • teapartypatriot

    KILL this free pass to unions, which, of course, are NOT “certain organizations” to the d-crat socialists.

    “Democrats need one Republican vote to block a filibuster of the bill requiring campaign spending disclosure by certain organizations”

    — Let’s start a pool on which of the FRACKING FIVE RINO TRAITORS gets to help pass this latest lunatic-left d-crat socialist atrocity: AMNESTY-JOHN mccain, scott brown, olympia snowe, susan collins or lindsey graham. Winner gets a “Yes We Can (With A little Help From RINO TRAITORS)” button.

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    So….Tea Party people…the Republicans are blocking (just saying NO..what a surprise) a bill to discolse where campaign $$$ comes from. Any excuses this time, or WILL YOU REFUSE TO VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM?

    • Momma M

      Well, believe it or not donc it’s not about Republicans vs. Democrats… its about career-politicians against the Constitution…

      Now, step away from the keyboard, your brain might not be able to handle that information!

      • doncicciofitipaldi

        Against the Constitution? What? lol. Which part of the Constitution? All of it or the parts you agree with? That’s like me saying that that the choice is between Democrats and baby eating killers. Makes no sense at all….

        • Momma M

          It was a general statement to an assinine post (yours)….

          Now? Baby eating killers???? What the hell are you talking about now? Ummm, most conservatives are pro-life… (liberals want to murder the babies, remember?)
          Democrats OR Baby eating killers…. Sounds like they’re one in the same !

    • Supernatural Witness

      They’re not blocking a bill to disclose contributions. They are blocking a bill that only makes the primary donors of Republicans disclose. And, it is not just the disclosure that is the problem. You know that little blurb at the end of ads that says, “Paid for by friends of so and so?” This bill will make that blurb turn into 20 seconds of your 30 second ad. It is outrageous.

      Washington Democrats are evil incarnate; Washington Republicans are pathetic except for a few.

      • doncicciofitipaldi

        Evil incarnate? lol Angels vs Demons kind of stuff? Exorcisms? Burning bushes? Where are your bians Tea Party people?

        • Momma M


      • doncicciofitipaldi

        Aaaaaa…………THAT’s the excuse you’re buying. How can you be fooled by these people over and over and over is beyond rationality. Keep your head in the sand buddy………. that’s the ticket.

        • Supernatural Witness

          I AM one of these people. I am selling capitalism, not buying it. The TEA party is about turning moderates and democrats out of power, not sending them back over and over and over like you democrats do.

        • theprofessor

          SW posted a clear, concise explanation. You posted garbled, immature talking points. It’s sad you can’t see the difference?

  • Momma M

    The American voter has a right to know who is pushing a candidate. We have a right to be able to research and consider their motives and vote “for” or “against” them honestly… Not clouded in smoke and mirrors.. lies and deceit.

    Pass it, make it immediate and allow Americans to follow the money…. Cuz we all know that’s what fuels the majority of career-politicians!

    • theprofessor

      Fine, but make it equal for dem donors as well as republican donors….this exemption of unions is bullcrap.

      Also, post the list of donors on line someplace or something, but don’t force them to pay the leftist media extra for the larger/longer ads. Too much money is already spent in these campaigns to the leftist media.