RUSH: A little e-mail: Dear Tea Party Patriots, the DISCLOSE Act is back on the calendar for today, June 23rd. ‘We have received information from Capitol Hill regarding the ‘DISCLOSE Act’ and we must work to defeat this bill. The vote is expected to take place on the 23rd. We encourage you to find out more about the Disclose Act in the links below. On April 29, 2010, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act.’ It’s called DISCLOSE, that’s the acronym, Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections. There’s also a story we have in the stack here that there are limits here on grassroots campaign contributions, and I’m wondering why it never applies to unions and ACORN type people. Anyway, that’s a different thing than this.
The bill is a direct response to Citizens United case that the Supreme Court overruled and said, ‘Look, you guys in corporate America can contribute to campaigns.’ So the Democrats have been trying to come up with another campaign finance reform bill to ace that out. ‘The bill is a direct response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (McCain- Feingold) – a First Amendment victory in which the Supreme Court overturned the prohibition on corporations and unions using treasury funds for independent expenditures supporting or opposing political candidates at any time of the year. Simply put, the DISCLOSE Act will limit the political speech that was protected and encouraged by Citizens United. Speaker Pelosi and the House Majority Leadership are making it a priority to pass this bill. This bill is designed to take away the influence of Tea Party and other conservative groups in the upcoming November election. We feel like this bill will be successfully challenged in the courts, but the ruling will not come before the November election.’
Now, a couple teachable moments here. First, liberals love the courts. It is the only place they can get their agenda passed without challenge. And that’s why they hate this ruling from the Supreme Court on Citizens United. But sometimes the court doesn’t go their way as it didn’t go their way in the Gulf in this moratorium. Salazar is a lawyer, and Michelle Malkin has a really good piece today, this guy needs to be disbarred. He is a lawyer. He’s the guy who knowingly put the names of drilling experts to a false memo. He put their names and their signatures to a memo which said they agreed with the drilling moratorium, when they did not. I mean this is classic Stalinism. There’s no other way to describe it. Michelle Malkin makes the case citing case law and statutes that Salazar has committed a crime in the process here and could be disbarred. What he’s doing with the moratorium on drilling, ‘Well, screw the judge, we’re just going to do another one. And the judge said we didn’t explain why, okay, we’ll explain why, we’ll just put another one in effect.’ Independent judiciary is gone. It really is. And the rule of law is what holds this country together. Of all the assaults that Obama and his team are making on every institution we have, the assault they’re making on the rule of law is the most crucial.
Now, this DISCLOSE act, the Democracy Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections act would exempt organizations that have more than a million members, have been in existence for more than ten years, have members in all 50 states, and raise 15% or less of their funds from corporations. Those specifications keep the unions safe, but not grassroots groups like the tea party. The tea party does not qualify under these proposals that exempt certain groups. So it is a piece of legislation put together by Democrats, Pelosi, directed at one group and any other grassroots group that might grow out of it similar to the tea party. So the court doesn’t go their way, so now they’re trying to sneak in this flowery sounding legislation to undo what the court did in Citizens United. Democracy is strengthened by casting light on spending. Yeah, you know, I happen to agree with that. So get rid of all campaign limits. Get rid of all limits. Let anybody give whatever they want. Just tell us who they are and how much. And I would agree with this idiot Van Hollen. Yeah, democracy is strengthened by casting light on spending. Let’s find out how much the unions are spending, let’s find out how much ACORN is spending.
Do you realize that Planned Parenthood gets government grants? That is an outrage in the first place. Do you know they have lost $1.3 billion? The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has lost $1.3 billion. They can’t account for it.
RUSH: Back to the DISCLOSE act, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections. This is one of those little benign bills trying to sneak through while people are paying attention to the Gulf, the oil spill, General McChrystal, the Kagan hearings, but they can’t sneak it past us here at the Excellence in Broadcasting Network.
In the meantime, Planned Parenthood has lost $1.3 billion. How do you do that? Well, they say it’s lost, it’s unaccounted for. Did somebody extort it or steal it or skim it over the course of a number of years?