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"DISCLOSE Act" to restrict political free speech

07/17/2012
Senate Roll Call No. 180
112nd Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 53-45 (see complete tally)
On July 17, 2012, the U.S. Senate conducted a vote on whether to take up S. 3369, a bill strongly opposed by NRLC.  S. 3369, which carries the misleading label of the "DISCLOSE Act," is one of a long series of bills that are intended to reduce the amount of independent political speech about members of Congress, candidates for Congress, and ongoing developments in Congress.  In a July 13, 2012 letter to senators opposing S. 3369, NRLC said, "Enactment of the DISCLOSE Act would not be a curb on corruption, but itself a type of corruption – an abuse of the lawmaking power, by which incumbent lawmakers employ the threat of criminal sanctions, among other deterrents, to reduce the amount of private speech regarding the actions of the lawmakers themselves. . . [it is a] blatant political attack on the First Amendment rights of NRLC, our state affiliates, and our members and donors."  The entire letter is posted here.  This was a procedural motion (cloture motion) on which 60 votes were required, and the NRLC-supported vote was "no."  The tally was 53 in favor and 45 opposed, which was 7 short of the 60 votes required, so further action on the bill was blocked.  The vote was strictly along party lines, with Democrats voting to advance the bill and Republicans to block it.  Roll call no. 180.


Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 180
Votes For : 53
Votes Against : 45
Not Voting : 2

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