Between now and November, millions of dollars will be spent on ads trying to influence your vote.
|Stand up to corporate front groups!
Corporate front groups that run political ads are growing in size and influence, but their secret funders remain in the shadows.
Tell your representative to pass the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175) in the U.S. House. The American people should know who is trying to influence their vote.
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision rewrote the nation’s campaign finance laws to allow unlimited corporate spending in elections. When it comes to corporate front groups running deceptive political ads, this election season is likely to be the worst ever.
Most corporations would prefer to funnel their millions in political spending through front groups with innocuous-sounding names. But the DISCLOSE Act would require an ad’s top donors to appear in the ad so the people know exactly who is funding the political message.
Take action for the DISCLOSE Act today. Let the people see who is spending money to influence their votes and how much they’re spending.
This legislation also places new restrictions on political ads by government contractors. Companies who do business with the government who are trying to influence elections have a huge conflict of interest. Taxpayer money should not be wasted on political ads.
It also would close the loophole opened by the Citizens United decision that allows foreign entities to influence U.S. elections. Multinational corporations have no place in U.S. electoral politics.
Send an email to your members of Congress using the simple form on our Web site. Tell them that political spending by corporate front groups should come out of the shadows.
Thanks for all you do.
Public Citizen’s Online Action Team
P.S. Despite the special-interest lobbying that created loopholes for some large membership organizations like the NRA and Sierra Club, the DISCLOSE Act still contains the most thorough disclosure requirements ever. Learn more in a recent blog post by Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s government affairs lobbyist.