The House will consider newly introduced campaign finance legislation (H.R. 5175)
that directly threatens the First Amendment rights of roofing contractors and other
businesses; the House vote may come as soon as tomorrow, June 17. NRCA strongly opposes
H.R. 5175 and urges members to contact their representatives and senators to register
opposition to this legislation.
Democratic congressional leaders in the House recently introduced H.R. 5175 in an
attempt to gain political advantage in the 2010 elections. This legislation, the
Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act,
is aimed squarely at preventing businesses from supporting pro-business candidates
for Congress. H.R. 5175 creates 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. Also, it 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 signed two coalition letters to House members registering strong
opposition to H.R. 5175. Now, we need your help to let members of Congress know of
Contact your House representative and senators and urge them to oppose H.R. 5175
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 2010.
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.
NRCA asks all members to contact their representatives and senators in opposition
to H.R. 5175. Although the key battleground for this legislation will be in the
Senate, the fewer votes the bill gets in the House the better (even if passes).
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. Thank you!