North Carolina Right to Life joins the National Right to Life Committee in urging the U. S. House to reject the "DISCLOSE ACT" H. R. 5175, sponsored by Rep. Van Hollen. The bill is the House's effort to circumvent the recent decision of the U. S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC (2010).
In a letter to the House members, National Right to Life "suggests that the bill be amended to clarify that 'DISCLOSE' actually stands for 'Deterring Independent Speech about Congress except by Labor Organizations and Selected Elites.'"
"The four-page letter, signed by NRLC Executive Director David N. O'Steen and Legislative Director Douglas Johnson, said that the bill 'has been carefully crafted to maximize short-term political benefits for the dominant faction of one political party, while running roughshod over the First Amendment protections for political speech that have been clearly and forcefully articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court.'"
Originally, the bill was to be brought to the House floor on May 28, but action on the bill was postponed until June 7 when legislators return after the Memorial Day recess. The mounting opposition to the bill by various groups appears to be one reason for the House's delay.
To read the NRLC letter to the House members: http://www.nrlc.org/FreeSpeech/NRLCletteronDISCLOSEAct.pdf