A top House Democrat said Monday that he remains hopeful of mustering enough votes to pass sweeping new campaign finance legislation, which has prompted a political uproar over a deal crafted to help the National Rifle Association. — The Washington Post, June 21, 2010
According to the Post article from yesterday:
Democrats are "in striking distance of getting the votes" for the package, which would require corporations, nonprofit groups [like GOA] and unions to disclose details about their political spending.
The big news last week was a "carve out" that Democrat leaders made to exempt the NRA from the provisions of the bill. This week, in order to gain more votes, there is talk about exempting many more non-profit organizations — which may include GOA.
Our answer to Congress is simple and is found in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech." In other words, NO DEAL.
The NRA claims, in a widely circulated letter, that "some of our critics believe we should put the Second Amendment at risk over a First Amendment principle to protect other organizations."
To the contrary, sacrificing a First Amendment principle will end up putting the Second Amendment on even more precarious footing. Read more
Source: Gun Owners of America
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