The Senate soon may consider anti-business campaign finance legislation that directly
threatens the First Amendment rights of roofing contractors and other businesses
throughout the U.S. NRCA strongly opposes S. 3628 and urges all members to contact
their senators to register opposition to this legislation, which could be voted
on as early as Tuesday, July 27.
NRCA believes Democratic senators recently introduced S. 3628, the Democracy is
Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, in an attempt
to gain political advantage in the midterm elections in November. This legislation
is aimed directly at preventing businesses and associations from supporting pro-business
candidates for Congress. S. 3628 would create excessive regulatory requirements
to prohibit or deter businesses and trade associations from participating in the
political process. For example, it prevents most government contractors from expressing
their political views by prohibiting them from making independent expenditures or
funding election-related communications. It also contains onerous disclosure requirements
that apply only to businesses, such as requiring the photo of a company's chief
executive officer to appear in political ads. Such provisions are clearly aimed
at intimidating businesses from exercising their constitutional rights.
NRCA has already sent a letter to key senators registering strong opposition to
S. 3628. Now we need your help in letting your senators know of our concerns.
Contact your senators, and urge them to oppose S. 3628 and any related procedural
motions in the Senate because:
It is an assault on the First Amendment rights of businesses and associations.
It will severely restrict and deter businesses and associations from supporting
candidates of their choice in the midterm elections in November.
With its overwhelming emphasis on restricting the speech of businesses and associations,
it discriminates against businesses in their efforts to support pro-business candidates
for public office.
It would subvert the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Citizens United decision, which
holds that businesses and unions have the same First Amendment rights as individuals;
many legal experts believe the bill is unconstitutional.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Duane Musser, NRCA's
vice president of government relations, at (202) 546-7584 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Any responses received from senators or their staffs should
be forwarded to Duane Musser.