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While You're Contacting Webb And Warner, Mention The "DISCLOSE Act" As Well

While contacting Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb over the Elena Kagan confirmation, bug them about the "DISCLOSE Act" as well. The DISCLOSE Act is one of the most anti-free speech pieces of legislation ever crafted and the Senate is close to bringing it up for a vote. The House already passed it. But don't take our word for it. The legislation's authors know its restrictions are unconstitutional because it blatantly put in a clause that prevents courts from hearing claims against it until after the November mid-term elections (see FRC.com)! The bill puts restrictions on what organizations can do and say during campaigns and, worse, must make public its top donors, making them subject to harassment by opponents, such as was done in California to people who donated to that state's pro-marriage amendment campaign in 2008.

One of its many provisions would curb what people or companies with contracts with the federal government can say or do in support of a candidate or issue in an election. That caused the National Association of Manufacturers, one of a long line of opponents, including National Right to Work, National Right to LifeFamily Research Council, FreedomWorks,  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens more, to oppose the bill. More of its constitutional infringements are described here, by Hans von Spakovsky, at The Heritage Foundation's The Foundry Blog.

But wait. I was taught by a favorite (liberal) college professor never to generalize, so I won't. Not all organizations are constrained by this bill. You see, the Congressional liberals who wrote it neatly exempted labor unions and other liberal leaning groups, such as the AARP (See Fox News Channel's Speaker's Lobby Blog). Incredibly, in what many conservatives call a sell-out, the NRA also backs the bill after it bolted a coalition to receive its own carve out. The NRA's support was seen by many the reason it escaped the House. More inside D.C. special interest deal making. Wasn't that going to change with the liberals in charge?

Congresional liberals are running scared. Their agenda is massively unpopular with the public, they are behind in public opinion polls and are on the verge of squandering huge majorities in both chambers of Congress. A recent Supreme Court ruling opened up the gates for more free speech and loosened the strings (see the Chamber's explanation) on what activities businesses and other organizations can engage in during campaigns, further equalizing the advantages liberals have in the mainstream media, unions and the education establishment, to name a few. The DISCLOSE Act is a last chance, desperation play with the clock running out to preserve its grip on power.

Since the vote is imminent, phoning Senators Webb and Warner may be the most efficient method of voicing your displeasure with the DISCLOSE Act. They an be reahed at the U.S. Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. Please let them know you wish them to oppose S. 3628, the DISCLOSE Act.

Virginia News Stand: August 18, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Virginia's own, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, makes the national headlines, again, with his rebuttal of the administration's analysis of its "stimulus" program. He says it ain't working. Speaking of money, the commonwealth is going to report more bad news tomorrow on revenue projections on which to fund the budget, which means more cuts are on the way by the DNC Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine.

As Chris wrote in the previous post, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds has yet another position on abortion. First, it wasn't going to be an issue. Then it became an issue for everyone. Now, it's one only for the poor. See the analysis by J.R. Hoeft at BearingDrift.com.

There's a lot else going on. Of course, health care, which is all consuming, it seems. But there's a new angle — the White House invasion of your e-mail. Bobby Eberle and others discuss it, as well as the thought-cop in chief, the new "Diversity Czar." Then, there's the AARP, deservedly losing members for flirting with siding with socialized medicine and rationed care for its own constituency! Plus, don't miss the always great Thomas Sowell's take on it. We also have more on the Obama Justice Department trying its best to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act in a underhanded way.

For those who think only the left knows how to generate engaged communities of activists via the new media, 600 conservative bloggers and online activists gathered in Philly last weekend at the Right Online conference. Rachel Alexander has the exciting details. We have several commentaries on the old school activism — town hall style.

Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to American Family Association Founder Don Wildmon, who is in the hospital suffering from meningitis. He was in intensive care, but his son reports improvement.

News:

Assembly hears the bad news tomorrow (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Virginians Divided On Obama's Actions (Washington Post)

McDonnell pays visit to UVa, touts affordable tuition plan (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Va. Northern Neck GOP Embraces Crabill — Again (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

2 more Republicans say they will challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National:

Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Cantor: Stimulus not working as advertised (AP/GOPUSA.com)

White House says it did not send unwanted e-mails (AP/GOPUSA.com)

AARP loses members over health care stance (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Christian leader hospitalized with meningitis (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Analysis:

Deeds supports abortion for only the poor? (J.R. Hoeft/BearingDrift.com)

Say Hello to the Diversity Czar (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

600 Pack out Right Online conference last weekend (Rachel Alexander/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary:

Whose Medical Decisions? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

From Tea Parties To The 9/12 Project, Americans Are Challenging The Government (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)

Obama's Thought Police Invading Your Inbox (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Towhall Power! Americans Making A Difference (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)