DISCLOSE Act Is Back: Obama intends to reverse Citizens United decision by Executive Order

Published Tue, Apr 19 2011 2:33 PM

"They lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict."

Hans von Spakovsky, today, reported that a source has leaked a document that the White House is apparently circulating among several government agencies.  The document, entitled Disclosure of Political Spending By Government Contractors, “appears to be an attempt by the Obama administration to implement by executive fiat portions of the DISCLOSE Act.” 

Read the leaked draft Executive Order by clicking here. 

The DISCLOSE Act, introduced last year by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in an attempt to reverse the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, is a blatantly unconstitutional assault on free speech.  As von Spakovsky explained,


“[The DISCLOSE Act] never passed Congress because of principled opposition to its unfair, one-side requirements that benefited labor unions at the expense of corporations. Democratic commissioners at the Federal Election Commission then tried to implement portions of the bill in new regulations.  Fortunately, those regulations were not adopted because of the united opposition of the Republican commissioners.”


Read the rest of Hans von Spakovsky’s article by clicking here. 


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