Dear Senator,

The 156 undersigned national, regional and local organizations support S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The legislation would provide the public with basic information about campaign expenditures made by outside groups that are influencing federal elections and the donors financing these expenditures. The legislation would also provide timely disclosure by Super PACs and require outside groups which make campaign expenditures to take responsibility for their campaign ads.

It is a cardinal rule of campaign finance laws that citizens are entitled to know the identities of the donors financing campaign expenditures to influence their votes, and the amounts they gave. This basic right to know has long been recognized by disclosure laws enacted by Congress and by Supreme Court decisions upholding the constitutionality of these laws.

In the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court by an 8 to 1 vote upheld the constitutionality of disclosure requirements for outside groups making campaign expenditures. The Court stated:

The First Amendment protects political speech; and disclosure permits citizens and shareholders to react to the speech of corporate entities in a proper way.  This transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.

Polls show citizens strongly support disclosure by outside spenders.

The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 only contains disclosure requirements and does not contain special exceptions for any groups. The legislation is effective, fair and constitutional and deserves the support of Senators. Congress should enact the bill and provide citizens with the information they are entitled to know about who is giving and spending money to influence their votes.

We urge you to vote for S. 3369 and to take all steps necessary for its enactment.

Sincerely,

National Organizations

Alliance for a Just Society

Americans for Campaign Reform

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

Campaign Legal Center

Center for Media and Democracy

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Center for the Study of Democratic Societies

Citizen Works

Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending

Coffee Party USA

Common Cause

Consumer Watchdog

Corporate Ethics International/ Business Ethics Network

Credo Action Network

Democracy 21

Democracy for America

Dēmos

Earth Friends Conservation Fund

Free Speech for People

Global Democracy Project

Greenpeace

Harrington Investments, Inc. Heartland Democracy

League of Women Voters

Main Street Alliance

MapLight

National People’s Action

New Progressive Alliance

People for the American Way

Public Citizen

Rootstrikers

Sunlight Foundation

Trillium Asset Management, LLC

Union of Concerned Scientists

United Republic

Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust

& Investment Management

Wolf-PAC

Working Families Party

Zevin Asset Management, LLC

 

Regional and Local Organizations

 

30th LD Democrats of Washington

Adamas Instrument Corporation

aGREATER.US

Alerms International the Abraham Company

Alliance for Progressive Values

American Indian Community Center, Spokane, Washington

American Voices Abroad Berlin

Andell Enterprises, Ltd.

Angel & Cowboy’s Creations

Artivista Consulting

ASAP Handyman Service

Asheville Geothermal Inc.

Auburn Area Democratic Club

Aurora Recording

Aztlan Media Kollective

Back to Democracy

BitJazz Inc.

C P Technology

C. Wolfe Software Engineering

California Clean Money Campaign

Center for Family Farm Development

CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm

Chicago Media Watch

Coffee Party Savannah

Colorado Common Cause

Committee on the Affairs of the 2 Percent

Connecticut Common Cause

CORE (Citizens Organizing for Resources and Environment)

Documents International

Domini Social Investments

Eagle Yachts, Inc.

Earthhome.us

Eastern CT Pain Treatment Center

El Paso Grassroots

Emerald City Green Painting LLC

Financial Alternatives

GETpackaged productions

Greater Lafayette (IN) Rebuild the American Dream

Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, Inc

Health Education Network

Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings

HomeShare Florida, Inc.

Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear

Ideas, Ink.

Imago Dei

Iowa City Area NOW

Joan Butcher, M.D., LLC

Judith E. Anthony, M.A., counselor and therapist

Kansas City Criminal Justice Task Force

Kickapoo Peace Circle

Knox County IL Progressives

Latinos & Media Project

Laura M. Miranda Attorneys At Law PLLC

Lindsay Suter, Architects

Lora Schlesinger gallery

Louisiana Common Cause

Massachusetts Common Cause

Maule Website and Design

Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Michigan Common Cause

Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council

Military/Veterans Advocacy Group

Minnesota Common Cause

Mississippi Common Cause

MobilizeUs

Move to Amend Greater Chicago

NC Center for Voter Education

Nebraska Common Cause

Neverland Designs

New Mexico Common Cause

North Shore Move to Amend, MA

Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice

Occupy Berkshires

Occupy Des Moines

Ohio Citizen’s Action Money & Politics Project

Oregon Common Cause

Oregon PeaceWorks

Pacific Patent Partners

Peace Action Montgomery

Pennsylvania Common Cause

Philly Neighborhood Networks

Pinellas NOW Florida

PLC Repair

Prema Music

Prestige Hauling, Inc.

Psychology Associates

R.U.F.F. — Retirees Unite For the Future

Regional Solutions

ResearchWorks

Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America

RK Photography

Rune’s Furniture Store

Schumacher Financial Consulting

Share the Wealth Productions

Sheff Law Offices, P.C.

South Coast ESD Education Association

Southeast Kansas Chapter/National Organization for Women

Still Point Zen Center

Strictly Tango NYC

The Ave Project

The Hummer Group Inc.

The Professionals, insurance and financial advisers

The Writing and Editing Company

theCounselors.com

Therapists for Peace & Justice

Transformation Travel LLC

TunaFisch Fantasies: Art from the Heart

UBU Ministries

Vermont Common Cause

Washington Public Campaigns

We the People of Kansas

Wisconsin Common Cause

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, San Jose Branch

WonderOrganizations

WOW (Women on the Watch)

WV Citizen Action Group