It is not often that a proposed Congressional bill will find groups such as Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) sitting in the same side of oppositon as the ACLU. However, H.R. 1575, which passed the House on June 23 has accomplished just that.
The bill, also known as the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections) was introduced purportedly to create more transparency in the campaign contributions process and prevent corruption of the candidates. The bill has created quite a stir in many sectors, beginning with an uproar over “special provisions” that were granted to the National Rifle Association because of their political clout. A DISCLOSE Coalition of 58 diverse organizations has been formed to oppose the bill, and has sent a position letter to Congress. The ACLU has sent their own letter which addresses many similar points.
So what is in this bill which is getting air time from so many of the well-known companies and non-profits around the country? The Center for Comparative Politics has written a briefing of the bill which details the issues they have found.