NRA Shows Who’s Boss

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Monday, June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Two weeks ago, we ran a piece on lobbying efforts to derail the DISCLOSE Act, which would roll back the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision by forcing companies that finance campaign ads to issue disclosure messages. One of the main opponents of the measure was the National Rifle Association, which naturally didn’t want to tack a “we’re the NRA, and we approve this message” onto every TV spot it funded.

Well, it seems the NRA has gotten its way:

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 to 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.

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Comment posted June 14, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

This is truly bullshit. The large companies are the most dangerous in this situation, as in most. Campaigns are marketing free-for-alls as it is. The great experiment of democracy has failed its hypothesis.


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Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 3:55 am

The NRA has shown it's just a sell out huge organization.

And this is a republic, not a great experiment in Democracy. That would be Switzerland.
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I believe it is the publics' right to know who is funding ads. Without having mandatory disclosure for those involved in our politics, large companies, corporations and organizations like the NRA have entirely too much freedom to try to influence our elections. We have seen the results of such efforts with the swift boaters and other nasty smear campaigns and we should not allow this to continue. It isn't in the best interests of our country to allow this to continue. I wonder when Congress will have the courage to make politics fair?


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