Following on the coat-tails of the McCain-Feingold act, the DISCLOSE Act seeks to strengthen the grip of incumbents by silencing citizens’ protected speech, press, and assembly—against the obvious spirit of the First Amendment. You can read the actual text of H.R.5174 and S. 3295 to better understand exactly what is proposed and who is sponsoring this drivel.
Here’s something that might help in contacting your representatives on any given issue. Our Links page has always had a link to DownsizeDC.org. You can sign up for special notices by email, which will help in shining light to deeds done behind closed doors in Washington—things often unreported by news organizations. And they also have a handy tool for contacting your representatives quickly and easily. If you sign up with them, your representatives are connected to you (based on your address) such that you can contact your representatives from their site.
In this case, I received an email from DownsizeDC that directed me to this page to write a letter to my representatives. I took a couple of minutes and did exactly that (which you can see below):
Please oppose the Disclose Act (H.R. 5175/S. 3295).
Protecting incumbents at the expense of the First Amendment isn’t constitutional. How can we possibly have a law that forbids open discussion of candidates before an election? Just like the McCain-Feingold nonsense, this cannot stand while maintaining consistency with the Constitution.
Since you’ve taken an oath to uphold our founding document, I’d like to encourage you to remind yourself of some of its provisions. Here’s a link, for reference:
As a member of the Southern Colorado Patriots Club, I can tell you many of your constituents are watching you closely on this issue. (In fact, I’m openly promoting its exposure among our members.) Whether you violate the spirit of the Constitution with passage of this rot or not, your chances of reelection will likely be based upon your faithfulness to your constituents. Please act in their interests, for if you do not, they will certainly act against yours.
This letter was sent to John Salazar, Michael Bennett, and Mark Udall, and the whole process took only a few minutes. I highly encourage you to contact your representatives as well, using tools provided by groups such as DownsizeDC.org when available. As I’ve said before, your servants in Washington can’t even read the bills they pass into law—how do you expect them to read your mind?