The New Assault on Free Speech

Capitol Hill Briefing
June 15, 2010 12:30PM
SVC 203/202: Capitol Visitors Center
Featuring Bradley A. Smith, Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics, and former Chairman, Federal Election Commission; William McGinley of Counsel, Patton Boggs LLP; and John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute

President Obama and many members of Congress sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Senator Charles Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen have introduced a bill, the DISCLOSE Act, to circumvent Citizens United. DISCLOSE proposes extensive mandated disclosure of spending by businesses, labor unions, and nonprofit groups. It also prohibits speech by government contractors, TARP recipients, and U.S. companies with as little as 20 percent foreign ownership. Please join us for an expert discussion of the content and implications of DISCLOSE.