June 26, 2010 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Campaign Finance, Chicago, Congress, Constitution, Cook County, David Ratowitz, Democrats/Leftists, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
From the Ratowitz for Congress campaign (5th District)…
H.R. 5175 Disclose Act Sacrifices Freedom of Speech to Protect Incumbents.
U.S. Congressional Candidate, David Ratowitz (IL-5) defends Freedom of Speech and Liberty against nervous incumbents who seek to use the Disclose Act to protect their Congressional Seats.
Chicago, IL, June 24, 2010– Long time transparency and pro-liberty advocate Candidate for U.S. Congress from Illinois’ 5th Congressional District, David Ratowitz fully opposes H. R. 5175, the “Disclose Act”.
H.R. 5175 also known as the “Disclose” Act is a bill, which will amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. The Disclose Act will make participation from corporations and independent citizen groups extremely difficult in the election process. The Bill is scheduled for vote late this week in the House of Representatives.
David Ratowitz, the Republican Candidate for the Illinois 5th Congressional District, said, “The so-called Disclose Act is nothing but a cynical “incumbent-protection bill” written by politicians desperate to save their jobs in an anti incumbent year.”
The purpose of this bill is very blatantly to chill political dissent in America and protect the current majority in Congress. The bill threatens small business trade associations and independent citizen groups with expensive litigation and criminal prosecutions for exercising their 1st Amendment rights. The bill makes no distinction between electioneering and issue advocacy. The exceptions provided by this dishonest bill all favor groups that support current incumbents and rely on them to deliver public financing for their private benefit: for example corporations with partial foreign ownership suffer from this bill, but unions with equivalent foreign participation, such as SEIU are specifically exempted. Likewise, small businesses that receive government contracts – even competitively awarded contracts must adhere to the bills requirements, but public sector employee unions are exempted.
This bill represents the worst sort of censorship: the notion that those who support the powers that be may speak, but those who oppose the power structure may not.
“No honest Congressman can support a bill that so blatantly limits speech on one side of a debate but leaves speech unfettered on the other.” Said Ratowitz
Entrepreneur, Army veteran and activist David Ratowitz is the Republican challenger for Illinois Congressional District 5 representative. The Ratowitz for Congress campaign platform advocates a limited federal government, across-the-board tax cuts, fiscal discipline, accountability, free markets and individual liberty. Learn more at: www.ratowitzforcongress.com
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