Are Unions Exempt in DISCLOSE Act?

June 24th, 2010 at 2:01 pm | 1 Comment |

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Politico reports on an amendment that was added to the new campaign finance law which may exempt labor unions from its provisions:

A Democratic amendment tucked into campaign finance legislation Wednesday night appears to exempt big labor unions from proposed disclosure requirements.

The change, inserted by Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.), chairman of the committee charged with handling the bill and a key union ally, would also affect other groups funded by members who pay dues of less than $50,000. While the move may satiate liberal Democrats who had become uneasy with an exemption for the National Rifle Association, a union loophole will certainly cause big business to cry foul.

The bill could come up for a vote Thursday on the House floor.

The underlying bill is intended to blunt the impact of a January Supreme Court ruling overturning laws that had barred corporations and unions from airing certain types of election ads.

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  • andydp

    George Will has been writing for years about how campaign finance laws stifled “free speech” (of corporations). Now that the restrictions have been removed, unions are following the lead of corporations, the NRA or newly formed “swift boaters”.
    (cue the crickets)