It looks like people are waking up to the fact that the DISCLOSE Act’s whole raison d’etre is to squelch speech. As DISCLOSE made its way through the House, only a few organizations were talking about how its sponsors and supporters frankly admitted that they were trying out to silence the voices of people and groups they didn’t like.
In recent days, though, that trickle of opposition has become a torrent. Editorial boards, opinion writers, and columnists from across the country and on both sides of the political aisle are criticizing the DISCLOSE Act and the chilling effect it would have on free speech. Some have even noted that the DISCLOSE Act, if passed, would kill off the traditional 30 second political ad. After all, who wants to pay for an ad in which almost half the time must be devoted to government-mandated disclaimers?
It’s good to see that more and more people are starting to talk about the DISCLOSE Act. While the House has passed the DISCLOSE Act, the Senate has yet to take up the bill. As the next act in this play unfolds, Americans should continue to stand up in favor of the First Amendment and ensure that everyone, not just certain entrenched interests, can speak freely about candidates and the issues that they care about the most.