Talking points about the DISCLOSE Act

This bill was defeated in a party line vote, but it should come back for a vote in September. CPUSA membership voted for a DISCLOSE bill with no organizational exemptions. Consistent with that, please have a look below at some sample language to use in your letter to the editor.

  • I strongly support any legislative measure that will inform me and every other voter as to who, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, is paying for the campaigns of those who are supposed to represent me. Our Founding Fathers believed that an INFORMED electorate is necessary for a vibrant democracy. So do I.
  • Our senators voted to allow businesses with significant foreign shareholders to continue to spend unlimited amounts of money to affect elections in the United States. This vote will allow businesses with government contracts to continue to spend unlimited funds to influence elections. Contrary to the our senators’ rhetoric, his vote does NOT protect small donors — it only protects donors who give over $10,000.
  • The Supreme Court has specifically said, ìtransparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages. We’ve all heard the old axiom, “sunlight makes the best disinfectant.” Polls show that 80% of all Americans and 76% of Republicans want disclosure of who is paying for campaign ads. Americans don’t buy the notion that we should be “protected” from knowing who is paying for our elected officials’ political campaigns.
  • After the Supreme Court ruling in January that removed decades-old controls on corporate and union campaign spending, voters expected a significant legislative response from Congress. We have YET to see it. Unless something is done, voters will be left clueless this fall when trying to discern who is funding the “independent” TV ads promoting and attacking candidates. They will also wonder how much these secretive funders are paying for these ads.
  • We must press our Texas senators by reminding them that they work for We the People. And they must WORK and modify, not block, the DISCLOSE Act so voters will know who is behind those independent political ads. Special interests must not continue to ANONYMOUSLY influence our elections.
  • Recent polls show that 8 in 10 Americans oppose the Citizens United decision, and just as many strongly favor full transparency of money in politics. So why do our†Texas Senators obstruct any kind of reform, instead of working on a bill that would inform voters as to who is trying to influence elected officials?
  • This week’s defeat is temporary – this bill will come back because Americans are already repulsed by campaign attack ads paid for by unnamed sources, and will continue to demand Congressional action that requires full disclosure.