Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt issued a statement regarding the U.S. House passing the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act today.
“The DISCLOSE Act is an ill-conceived, unconstitutional response to the near unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC that protects our right to free speech,” said Tiahrt. “Ironically, as it gets closer to November, Democrats are starting to wake-up and realize that Americans are opposed to their liberal agenda that takes our freedoms and intertwines more and more government into our everyday lives. But instead of listening to the concerns of the American people—they would rather find ways to silence us. These limits on our First Amendment rights are in stark contrast with the intentions of our Founding Fathers and will not stand up to the scrutiny of the courts.
“Americans’ right to free speech is one of our most precious and protected freedoms and should not be restricted by an over-reaching Democratic majority that unconstitutionally tries to change our laws out of fear of what’s to come in November.”
The vote, which passed 219-206, had a whopping one hour of debate on the floor. A summary of the bill from electionlawblog.org can be found here.