Statement on DISCLOSE Act Vote In U.S. Senate From Citizens United President David N. Bossie
In response to the U.S. Senate failing to invoke cloture on the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (“DISCLOSE Act”) David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United, released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC protected the First Amendment right to political speech. Today that right remains intact, despite efforts by Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer to restrict the rights of the American people to join together and speak out against elected officials.”
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“The Senate’s failure to invoke cloture on the deceptively named DISCLOSE Act is a victory for the First Amendment rights of all citizens. Senator Schumer’s DISCLOSE Act was little more than an attempt to impact the November elections and limit Democrat losses in the House and Senate. As congressional and presidential approval ratings continue to plummet, it is no surprise that President Obama, Senator Reid, and Speaker Pelosi were ready to sacrifice our First Amendment rights in pursuit of short term political gains.”