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NRCA Action Alert: Anti-business Campaign Finance Legislation

July 23, 2010

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 dmusser@nrca.net. Any responses received from senators or their staffs should be forwarded to Duane Musser.

Thank you for your time and efforts!

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