July 16, 2012

Ron Paul Org Urges Defeat Of DISCLOSE Act; Nonsensically Claims Disclosure Of Political Slush Funds Would Hamper Effort Against The TSA

Last night, Campaign for Liberty, an organization set up to promote Ron Paul and his political goals, sent out an e-mail to its list urging members to contact the Senate and urge the defeat of the DISCLOSE Act. The bill would force secret money groups to reveal donor information in the same way PACs or Super PACs must report their funds to the public. The legislation would curb crony capitalism by allowing the American people to know which wealthy individuals, unions, or corporations are trying to buy favor with powerful politicians.

But the Campaign for Liberty, ostensibly a nonprofit set up to increase freedom, believes that Americans should be left in the dark as special interests buy-out our lawmakers and demand back room deals.

The e-mail nonsensically claims that the DISCLOSE Act would somehow persecute Ron Paul supporters, and hurt the Campaign for Liberty’s efforts against the TSA and for auditing the Federal Reserve. The claims made in the e-mail, are unsubstantiated.

Just imagine the banksters’ bureaucrat pals having the chance to get more information on which donors are helping us take the fight to the Fed.

Or a government already committed to invading every single area of our privacy attempting to learn more about the members who are helping us end the TSA and repeal the so-called “Patriot” Act, if such efforts are deemed to be in non-compliance.

In reality, the big banks anonymously donate to front groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which in turn spend tens of millions to elect politicians who support bailouts and other taxpayer giveaways. The Chamber faces no disclosure requirements, allowing it to lobby and run ads without ever revealing its financiers. (In 2008, the Chamber, which reportedly received large funds from AIG, threatened lawmakers who were reluctant to vote for the bailouts.) The DISCLOSE Act would not prevent any group from spending or engaging politically. Rather, sunlight would simply provide more information in the marketplace of political ideas.

Campaign for Liberty’s conspiracy theories don’t hold water. The government — via the IRS — already has donor information for secretly funded 501(c) nonprofit political groups. The DISCLOSE Act merely provides that same information to the public when these types of groups decide to air political advertisements. If the bill were to pass into law, then we’d know which crony capitalist companies are hiding behind fronts to elect their favorite politicians.

View a screens shot of the beginning of the e-mail below:

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  • This is fascinating. I’m surprised you don’t have any rabid Ron Paul defenders in here already.

    • AFV

      Rabid Ron Paul supporters succumbed to their disease when it became apparent Ron was a fraud.

      • Clay

        Whether or not you support Ron Paul and whether or not he is right or wrong in this instance, I don’t think its necessarily fair to write off an entire political career based on the principles of honesty in politics because of a single issue. Also, may I say that at least his justification is more straight-forward and less corrupt that the rest of the GOP.

  • Bezrker

    Ron Paul 2012! well we all know where the money is coming from already! corporations and banks. Why the hell would I want anyone knowing that I am a threat to their power grid with my donations? I trust the campaign on liberty and am interested in this story as it progresses.

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  • jacklohman

    Indeed we should pass a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Citizens United travesty. But it isn’t necessary to fix the campaign finance system!

    A not-well-known clause of the Constitution (Article III) allows congress to set its own rules for salaries and campaign contributions, but no congressman wants to go there. They like the system broken, and like that they can blame the Supreme Court for their woes. And most political bribes filter down to the mainstream media, so don’t expect them to fight the corruption.

    U.S. Constitution Article III, section 2, clause 2:

    In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

    It limits congressional election control to congress itself — and not the co-equal Supreme Court — and today’s congress has the power to ignore or reverse Citizen’s United and even the 1976 Buckley v. Veleo decision as it relates to congress taking cash bribes. That is, IF it wants to!!!

    We have three co-equal branches of government, not one over the other!

    The Court cannot control congress OR the executive branch. These co-equal branches can set their own rules of conduct.

    See http://moneyouttapolitics.org for more details.

    Jack Lohman
    [email protected]

    >>> “America will always do the right thing, but only after everything else fails.” Winston Churchill

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