“Breakthrough” on DISCLOSE Act

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Politico reports that there has been a breakthrough in the deadlock in the House over the DISCLOSE Act, the legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

House Democrats have reached an agreement with the National Rifle Association on campaign-finance legislation that would roll back the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, removing a major obstacle on the bill, according to House sources.

The deal would exempt the NRA and some other large organizations from strict campaign finance disclosures in the bill, which is being pushed by Democratic leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case. The NRA had objected to some of the disclosure requirements for the new campaign finance proposals, and that had kept moderate, pro-gun Democrats from backing the legislation. The NRA said it would not comment until specific legislative language is revealed.

The deal would exempt non-profit organizations with over one million members, have existed for ten or more years, have members in all 50 states and receive 15 percent or less in contributions from corporations.

Aside from the NRA, I can only think of a few organizations that could fit into this exemption. AARP is one that comes to mind. Citizens Against Government Waste boasts of more than one million members, but I have no idea where they get their money from. If you can think of any other organizations, please leave them in the comments.

We’ll have more on this development soon after fully digesting this latest development.

The Sunlight Foundation’s recommended legislative response to the Citizens United decision can be found here.

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  • edd chiles

    Wouldn”t the NAACP and the ACLU fall into this catagory

  • ACLU actually does not have over one million members.

    I also don’t think that the NAACP has one million members either, but I could be wrong about that.

    Other groups that would fall into this category are the Sierra Club and the National Right to Life.

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Since the National Right to Life is asking their members to call their senators and ask them to oppose the DISCLOSE Act, they must not have one million members.

  • Bob Beddingfield

    Where are the actual details of the DISCLOSE act? I keep seeing where the NRA has been ‘exempted’ but I don’t see any details about the actual piece of legislation. Where do I go to find the full details of the act?

  • The House version of the DISCLOSE Act can be seen here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5175/show

    Note: The “exemption” is not in the bill as currently written. It would appear in a Manager’s Amendment, which hasn’t been released publicly because it isn’t finished yet.

  • Stan

    Does DISCLOSE also exempt Unions?

  • Conspiracy Theory

    Any union whose membership exceeds 500,000 members. There are a few.

    Also, please note that Pelosi, the coward, has pulled the bill. But it’s because Diane Feinstein and others are pulling their support due to the NRA exemption.

    Ah, politics…

  • crazy

    LULAC, LA RAZA, NAACP, AARP, ACORN,SIERRA CLUB, THE NATION OF ISLAM SOUTHERN POVERTY… There are many, many “nonprofit” corporations with political aspirations that might be able to come up with a million members whether or not they are active members or just supporters in name only who might be able to “fit” this bill in essence what it would do is to make major players out of well established groups, the ones who play in the corrupt areana now and silence all others it would in effect destryo part of the first amendment by giving right ot some groups while denying those right to others, this is the “progress” that the conservitaves are fighting obama on.

  • This would not exempt unions. Only 501(c)4 non-profits with 500,000 members or more, 10 plus years of existence and membership in all 50 states.