Campaign Finance Restrictions on Free Speech and Privacy

06/24/2010
House Roll Call No. 391
111th Congress, 2nd Session

Passed: 219-206 (see complete tally)
On June 24, 2010, the House passed the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act (DISCLOSE Act) (H.R. 5175) by a vote of 219-206. The legislation included a provision obligating many advocacy organizations that wish to speak out on candidates and, in certain situations, political issues, to release the identities of many of their donors, while allowing a few large mainstream organizations to preserve the privacy of their donors. The ACLU opposed this legislation because it required disclosure of the donors to smaller and more controversial organizations engaged in political speech, but not larger and less controversial ones; because it required organizations to disclose the identities of even small donors; and because it blurred the line between restricted campaign advocacy and otherwise protected issue advocacy.


Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 391
Votes For : 219
Votes Against : 206
Not Voting : 8

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