It’s our old friend Bill Hay, fresh from a shellacking when he was Laurence Verga’s campaign manager. His website, “Virginia’s 5th District” is now on Blogger, but the inanity continues apace. In one of his latest diatribes, he tells us how the DISCLOSE Act, which attempts to curtail foreign contributions to political candidates in this country, is just like poll taxes used in the 19th century to deny African-Americans the right to vote.
This legislation is no different than the poll taxes that were instituted in the former confederate states shortly after the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870, the only difference is that instead of keeping people from voting it is preventing their organizations from fully participating in the election process. This will be another law that will have to be taken to the Supreme Court and hopefully overturned there.
You see, in Bill’s mind, everything he doesn’t like is unconstitutional. Never mind legal precedent or the Supreme Court. In fact, as you see above, he wishes for the day the DISCLOSE Act is before the high court to turn it over. I am positive he thinks that’s the only outcome. After all, he doesn’t like it. Bill also thinks that foreign corporations were already excluded from making political contributions. Of course, Bill has a favorite boogeyman that he mentions in nearly every screed. Can you guess? Yes, that’s right, it’s the unions in this country. Unions are not the powerhouse they used to be, now with only somewhere around 6% of the labor force belonging.
What is it about freedom of speech that these elected officials don’t get? Free speech is a God given right to be protected by our government not hindered by it. Of course the Democrats seem to feel that only unions are deserving of unlimited free speech since they have been exempted from this overbearing regulations. We can expect Perriello and liberal Democrats all over the country to have their campaigns subsidized with political advertising by unions like SEIU and conservative organizations will have to remain mute because of government infringement on their right to free political speech.
Once again we can thank Congressman Tom Perriello for ignoring his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.
There it is. It’s unconstitutional because Bill said it was. In the comments, after having deleted my initial comment to the piece, he claims in a comment in response to me that not only is the DISCLOSE Act like poll taxes, it’s just like literacy tests. I’m looking forward to your next pronouncement of unconstitutionality, Bill. What will it be this time? Puppies? Goldfish?
Here’s what the purpose is, courtesy of the authors of the bill:
The DISCLOSE Act legislation will address seven major points:
1. Enhance Disclaimers
Make CEOs and other leaders take responsibility for their ads.
2. Enhance Disclosures
It is time to follow the money.
3. Prevent Foreign Influence
Foreign countries and entities should not be determining the outcome of our elections.
4. Shareholder/Member Disclosure
We should allow shareholders and members to know where money goes.
5. Prevent Government Contractors from Spending
Taxpayer money should not be spent on political ads.
6. Provide the Lowest Unit Rate for Candidates and Parties
Special interests should not drown out the voices of the people.
7. Tighten Coordination Rules
Corporations should not be able to “sponsor” a candidate.
Sounds evil to me.