AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote to all members of the Senate last week, urging them to oppose S. 3628, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
The DISCLOSE Act would impose broad new disclosure requirements on corporations, unions and nonprofit groups that spend money on political advocacy campaigns. The bills were formulated in response to a landmark 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows unlimited spending by corporations and unions.
“The ability to engage in political speech is an important part of our efforts to help candidates and the public understand the issues important to the agricultural community. Several provisions in the DISCLOSE Act go too far and effectively impede free speech. These should be addressed to ensure that the reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case does not drown the legitimate free speech rights of citizens and organizations that speak on their behalf,” Stallman wrote.