Hank Johnson: We need to pass the DISCLOSE Act to stop Republicans from winning elections

posted at 5:45 pm on June 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Whether it’s the terrible prospect of the island of Guam tipping over or just an especially nightmarish election cycle for his party, trust Hank Johnson to give it to you straight. Don’t laugh too hard, though: The House did indeed pass the DISCLOSE Act this afternoon, 219-206, with 36 Democrats joining the GOP in voting no. (Two Republicans, Joe Cao and Mike Castle, voted yes.) Unfamiliar with the DISCLOSE Act? It’s the Democrats’ attempt to combat the Supreme Court’s First Amendment decision in Citizens United that loosened the cap on corporate campaign advertising. The Act would require officials from certain special-interest groups advertising on behalf of candidates “to physically appear at the end of campaign ads they sponsor, acknowledging their campaign contributions, and to disclose their campaign related expenditures on their websites.” In other words, as the Democratic leadership warned its caucus before the vote, it’s a way to make sure voters know if and when Karl Rove’s Satanic fingerprints are on some otherwise mysterious ad. Should be no problem there, though, since the rules will also apply to Democratic special interests too, right? Right?

Corporations, unions, non-profits and 527 groups will, for the first time, be required to report donors who give more than $600 if they engage in “express” advocacy — urging voters to support one candidate or another by name.

Conveniently, as Republican staff on the House Administration Committee point out, average union dues in 2004 were $377 – below the $600 threshold. Since unions get the vast majority of their funds from member dues, “the new threshold for reporting is likely to have little effect on unions … but a huge effect on associations and advocacy groups,” a GOP summary of the bill says.

Government contractors with contracts of more than $7 million are not permitted to engage in express advocacy. Unions that receive their dues from the taxpayer-funded salaries of public sector employees face no such restriction. Neither do recipients of grants.

There’s more at the link, including the fact that this paean to transparency was written in secrecy. (The House Rules Committee’s debate on the bill was, natch, also closed to the public.) And guess what? The disclosure requirements aren’t even the worst part of the bill.

Here’s Johnson. Oh, about his claim that BP and Goldman Sachs will no longer be free to prop up Republicans: Is he sure he’s got the right party?


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And to stop Guam from tipping over and capsizing…

drewwerd on June 24, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Hey Hank….Guam is starting to tip over…start swimming!!

HornetSting on June 24, 2010 at 5:48 PM

That guys filter isn’t working.

portlandon on June 24, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Capitalizing Satanic while lower-casing God?

Hmm.

Well anyways, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing if the union bosses have to appear, too.

John the Libertarian on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

scary thought for the day……this guy and Maxine Waters mated and had offspring!

SDarchitect on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Well, my “agency fee” to SEIU that I am forced to pay here in California is $1,200 per year. A little over the limit?

sdillard on June 24, 2010 at 5:52 PM

What’s wrong with Joe Cao anyway?

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I’ve said it before: we are in the midst of a fascist coup d’etat – this bill is yet another attempt by the 0bama regime and the democrat party to de-legitimize and criminalize dissent.

Rebar on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Hank Johnson- that’s Cynthia McKinney’s old seat right? I guess you have to be criminally stupid AND insane to represent Decatur and Atlanta.

Monica on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Democrats want to set up all kinds of noxious, Kafkaesque rules to limit the political speech of Americans.

But not unionized Americans.

They’re “special.”

Good Lt on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Hey, he used the word “miscreants” in context didn’t he? Well, didn’t he? He’s making progress. Next week: four-syllable words, long division, and the geology of islands.

The Reasonable Man on June 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

scary thought for the day……this guy and Maxine Waters mated and had offspring!

SDarchitect on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Al Greene?

RedMindBlueState on June 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

This is the House, what about the Senate?

Terrye on June 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

So what is generally wrong with a disclosure requirement? Didn’t the US Supreme Court earlier this week decide that states can release the names of people who sign petitions to put issues up for a vote in state elections?

Jimbo3 on June 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

scary thought for the day……this guy and Maxine Waters mated and had offspring!

SDarchitect on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Are you saying Cynthia McKinney isn’t theirs?

Barnestormer on June 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Once again the Bipartisan position is Hell NO!

jpmn on June 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I thought he was going to throw the mic on the floor.

BKeyser on June 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

The unions again. Those thugs won’t be happy until they have broom-pushers making $75 hour and working 4=8 days.

Bishop on June 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

An utter idiot. Hopefully his seat will be taken over.

hawkman on June 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

it’s a way to make sure voters know if and when Karl Rove’s Satanic fingerprints are on some otherwise mysterious ad.

That made me chuckle. Thanks.

On the man with the gnat brain, the fools are those who send such there. Only Maxine Waters and a few others come close. Though, Washington is laden with way more fools than previously assumed, from both sides of the isle.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Is he reading? does someone write this stuff for him? one thing is to have mental diarrhea, but to actually read it?

neuquenguy on June 24, 2010 at 6:05 PM

and freedom of speech suffers another blow to the head. its down on the mat the ref is on the count of 7 and it doesn’t look like the champ can recover..

unseen on June 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Hey! My previous comment got deleted! :-(

SouthernGent on June 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I dislike both Hank Johnson, Maxine Waters and Jim McDermot.

myrenovations on June 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Totalitarians at the Gate.

Holger on June 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Are you guys familiar with that elusive spot between being awake and being asleep where all sorts of strange and fantastic and sometimes terrifying thoughts and images parade into your consciousness unbidden?

Yeah, that’s where Hank “Capsize” Johnson is 24/7.

He does realize this stuff gets recorded, right?

Heralder on June 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Can we get the actual backer of front organizations to appear?

I really want to see the puss of George Soros multiple times a day.

ajacksonian on June 24, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Hank Johnson’s concerned that if there is an overwhelming majority of Republicans elected in November, the excess weight on the right side of the chamber could cause the entire House of Representatives to capsize.

Cicero43 on June 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Good News! President Obama has endorsed Rep. Hank Johnson.
http://www.hankforcongress.com/news?id=0028
(President Obama must be worried about Guam tipping over too!)

There are several Republicans running in the Primary to oppose Rep. Johnson in Georgia’s 4th District. The Georgia Primary is on July 20 but it looks like early voting has already begun.

Here are the Republican Candidates:

Liz Carter
http://www.lizcarterforcongress.com/

Lawrence Gause
http://www.gauseforcongress.com/

Vernon Jones
http://www.vernonjonesforcongress.com/home.html

Cory Ruth
http://coryruth.com/coryruth_congress.pdf?83d9c810

Connie Stokes
http://conniestokesforcongress.com/

If you live in Georgia, please let us know who you think the best Republican candidate is and why.

We’re counting on Georgians in the 4th District to elect a strong candidate who can defeat Rep. Johnson in November!

wren on June 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM

What’s wrong with Joe Cao anyway?

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM

exactly my thought…

cmsinaz on June 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM

There’s nothing like an informed citizenry especially when they’re in Congress.

Alvin Greene has got one thing right. He knows he will fit right in with this crowd.

Cody1991 on June 24, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Heralder on June 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The Ozarks and Appalacia

chemman on June 24, 2010 at 6:19 PM

The part that is NOT FUNNY is that the Dems ARE dismantling the democratic process with every step they take, I wish someone was cataloging the ways, it would be quite a shocker to see it all in one place.

neuquenguy on June 24, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Heralder on June 24, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I’ll try again. The Ozarks and Appalaphia get slammed for funny gene pools maybe it is time to check this regions gene pool. They keep electing Reps that are dumber than a toad stool.

chemman on June 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Hillarious! He says big business favors Republicans then he goes on to name two corporations that are huge Democrat Party donors.

Jim-Rose on June 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Totalitarians at the Gate.

Holger on June 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM

They’re inside the gate and in control of the towers.

thomasaur on June 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM

What’s wrong with Joe Cao anyway?

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM
exactly my thought…

cmsinaz on June 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Cao represents William “Cash in the Freezer” Jefferson’s old district in New Orleans LA. He is a RINO at best.

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM

SCOTUS will have a ball with this law.

GarandFan on June 24, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM

D’oh!

cmsinaz on June 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

How can you have a law that only pertains to certain people/groups, isn’t that discrimination? Outside the fact that this law is unconstitutional.

This is a damn nightmare. :(

nwpammy on June 24, 2010 at 6:43 PM

The part that is NOT FUNNY is that the Dems ARE dismantling the democratic process with every step they take, I wish someone was cataloging the ways, it would be quite a shocker to see it all in one place.

neuquenguy on June 24, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Watch Glenn Beck on FoxNews each day. He lays it all out there. He calls it “Crime, Inc.”, only he is not just focusing on the dismantling of the democratic process, but is also showing us who is PROFITING from each and every move. In the days he is not doing investigative reporting, he is teaching extended Economics and US Constitutional History lessons. If I had a teenager, they would be forced to watch this show each day.

karenhasfreedom on June 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Listening to Mark Levin who just had a guest on his show that knows all about this bill that just passed in the House. This is beyond contempt! I keep thinking the crap they are writing and passing can’t get worse or more unconstitutional then the Health Care bill, yet each one that comes up is worse then the last. That revolution is coming closer and closer to being the real thing.

Susanboo on June 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Mark Levin on the warpath!

Buy Danish on June 24, 2010 at 6:48 PM

cmsinaz on June 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

If fact In My Humble Opinion he will be one of the few Republican in trouble in November because this is a heavy Democrat population seat.

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 6:48 PM


What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all.”

aquaviva on June 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Cao represents William “Cash in the Freezer” Jefferson’s old district in New Orleans LA. He is a RINO at best.

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I know that, but he’s horrible. Voting for this bald act of socialist thuggishness should be publicized as pure shame for any Republican. That goes for the reprehensible Mike Castle, too.

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Why can’t somebody attack this guy on the basis of being a diseased, brain-damaged village idiot that thinks islands are going to tip over, from being unbalanced (like him)? Any bill this guy sponsors is probably automatically bad, and anybody that votes for him is even more fu-ked in the head, than he is. This is a classic target for impeachment and/or recall; the Tea Party organizations in his state are woefully negligent for not attacking him like rabid dogs, and therefore I put very little stock in them, and their commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Virus-X on June 24, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Amen! + 1
I’m in full agreement.

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Yep, Levin is rockin’ tonight. He said it best:
“The Bill of Rights guarantees our free speech, not Congress”.

I was angry before, now I’m freakin’ p*issed. Come and get me beeotches and throw my axx in jail. I’m not going without a fight and my little friends Mr. Smith and his friend Mr. Wesson will be in front.

Yellowdog12 on June 24, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Here’s a better ad for Liz Carter.

CPT. Charles on June 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM

He is lying or an idiot; probably both.

RobCon on June 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Heath Shuler voted for this! Looks like the blue is coming off that dog.

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Is he the guy who replaced Cynthia McKinney? Didn’t she hit a Capitol policeman with her hand bag or her cell phone or some thing? If Johnson replaced McKinney That’s a draw not a trade up. Better luck in November Georgia.

Hank Johnson can’t count on ACORN canvassing his district is that the real problem?

Dr Evil on June 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Is this guy serious, or is his nutshell cracked? Good Lord he seems like a moron.

capejasmine on June 24, 2010 at 7:17 PM

The Congress is the largest clown car on record…

d1carter on June 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I’ll try again. The Ozarks and Appalaphia get slammed for funny gene pools maybe it is time to check this regions gene pool. They keep electing Reps that are dumber than a toad stool.

chemman on June 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Never spent much time in the Decatur area, have you? Oh my. We have a veritable brain trust there. And you can get mugged, your car stripped, and involved in a race war, all within the first five minutes of exiting your car. I have to go to Emory to see my Dr. and I got accosted in the Popeye’s drive thru in broad daylight recently.

di butler on June 24, 2010 at 7:20 PM

How embarrassing. This is the penultimate democrat. Hank comprehensively represents the dangerous ignorance of democrats and the inherent danger of putting utter fools in positions of power.

Inanemergencydial on June 24, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The Guam tipover and capsizing is just so so, the generals sitting there answering with a straight face “No Sir, we don’t believe so.” is classic.

Sir Napsalot on June 24, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Funny how Democratic allies like unions keep getting exceptions written into bills. It’s almost like it was intentional or something. The Democrats are not interested in limiting campaign money. This just games the system in their favor. Barack Obama took in more money than any candidate ever. These people are corrupt.

CP on June 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Wow, dat’s some news fo’ you’se to lissin too. Dere’s some chirrins havein’ troubles in dese US of A and we’s needs to hep them. Is you’se all catchin’ dis? I’se runnin’ fo’ congress dis yeahh and needs yo’ votes. I’se still workin’ on dat Guam ting and I don’t tink it’s flipped over yet.

Wills on June 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

So what is generally wrong with a disclosure requirement?

Jimbo3 on June 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

There’s obviously something wrong with it, otherwise unions wouldn’t have fought for their exemptions, would they?

Also, you might check with that ultra-right wing organization, the ACLU. They even criticized the disclosure requirements as overly burdensome.

notropis on June 24, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Please tell me this won’t pass the Senate.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

And as I said before about Alvin Greene, the only thing that bothers the Democrats about him is that he’s running for a statewide office, not a gerrymandered district.

He’s a cut or two above Hank Johnson, Bobby Rush or Major Owens, not to mention McKinney, Jackson-Lee and Waters.

But he’s an embarrassment, because now the whole nation gets to see what sort of insane characters the party inflicts on minority districts.

notropis on June 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Please tell me this won’t pass the Senate.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Let me talk to the Maine “twins” and Scott Brown and I will get back to you. :)

Dire Straits on June 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM

scary thought for the day……this guy and Maxine Waters mated and had offspring!

SDarchitect on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Was Harry Reid adopted….? (just sayin’)

Tim_CA on June 24, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Is his hair gray or are his brains leaking out?

CC

CapedConservative on June 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM

As they say in the hood, this turd is boo-boo-the-fool!!

gmaninatl on June 24, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Oh, never mind. This is one of the defectives Kanjorski was speaking about.

CC

CapedConservative on June 24, 2010 at 9:28 PM

“Both local, state, and Federal…”

Hank is actually retarded, isn’t he?

Jaibones on June 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

wren on June 24, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Vernon Jones is a Democrat and I think Connie Stokes is, too. The only one you listed I’m certain of being a Republican is Liz Carter. She has a vigorus campagn going. This is generally a safe D seat and the Rs field a candidate who, though interesting, seldom has a ghost of a chance. Ms Carter just may be different.

From Stone Mountain

dts-01 on June 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Please tell me this won’t pass the Senate.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

We’ve got a shot there.

Of course 41 votes in the Senate will filibuster this turd, and the Republicans stand a good chance of getting those.

John McCain (of McCain-Feingold fame, remember him?) apparently opposes the Disclose Act.

Dems Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln are trying to salvage what’s left of their political lives in their respective states and can possibly be pushed into joining the filibuster.

It’s melt the phones time. Call your Republican senators and any Democrats who are conceivably fence-sitters to get them to join the filibuster movement on this thing.

Edouard on June 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM

The Congress is the largest clown car on record…

d1carter on June 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

No truer words have ever been typed. Instant classcic.

pghpat26 on June 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM

This is Lawrence Kansas…is anyone out there….can anyone hear me?

dmann on June 24, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I’ve been testing the limits of the new overlords it seems, certain generic words just don’t fly anymore…………….

All Hail the Messiah…and good night America!

dmann on June 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I give up…..toss my tired working American a$$ to the dawgs! Just more names for the list…see you in hell!

dmann on June 24, 2010 at 10:15 PM

So what is generally wrong with a disclosure requirement? Didn’t the US Supreme Court earlier this week decide that states can release the names of people who sign petitions to put issues up for a vote in state elections?

Jimbo3 on June 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

This particular set of disclosure requirements is blatantly, obviously one sided. More loopholes than a lace corset.

Willfully obtuse, or you just didn’t read the post?

massrighty on June 24, 2010 at 10:53 PM

notropis on June 24, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Is anyone dumber than Sheila Jackson-Lee?

massrighty on June 24, 2010 at 10:55 PM

The tyranny is here.

If you want to keep fooling yourself that the coming elections will fix things, feel free, but by the time they roll around (if they roll around), these tyrants will have changed the rules enough to guarantee that they stay in power.

It’s long past time to do anything about this via elections. This won’t change until enough people have the balls to at least be willing to discuss what’s actually happening here and what it’s really going to take to fix it.

Midas on June 24, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Poor retarded Hank Johnson.

WarEagle01 on June 25, 2010 at 12:09 AM

BIRDS!!BIRDS!!BIRDS!!

christene on June 25, 2010 at 12:48 AM

The Democrats are looking more Marxist by the day. They are pulling a Hugo Chavez and restricting freedom of speech. The Democrats will do anything to win, subvert the Constitution, lie, cheat, disregard the Supreme Court’s rulings. The Democrats can’t win fairly, so they are clamping down on American’s right to free speech. They are, by this Schumer-written law, saying who can speak near an election, and who can’t. What is happening to our country?

Mark7788 on June 25, 2010 at 1:40 AM

And Alvin Greene compares unfavorably in what way, again?

MNHawk on June 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I support providing homes for the mentally incompetent, but who’s idea was it to use congress?

Well anyways, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing if the union bosses have to appear, too.

John the Libertarian on June 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM

They don’t.

Slowburn on June 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM