Unlikely alliances have formed in the wake of the Democratic-controlled House’s attempt to pass H.R. 1, a legislative proposal to pass sweeping changes to campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, and voting regulations.
Those include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which is siding with the Trump administration and the most powerful Republican in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (The Daily Caller)
Known as the “For The People Act,” House debate began Wednesday for H.R. 1. The bill contains changes to campaign finance, lobbying, ethics and voting regulations. It is expected to go to vote Friday.
The ACLU took issue with several of the bill’s provisions by letter March 1 to the House Rules Committee, citing concerns “with the provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association.” Specifically, officials oppose the bill’s DISCLOSE Act section, which they say would “mandate disclosure of the names and addresses of donors who gave $10,000 or more to organizations that engage in ‘campaign-related disbursements,’ which includes electioneering communications and independent expenditures.”
Signed by the ACLU’s National Political Director Ronald Newman, the letter argued the disclosure rules “would chill the speech of issue advocacy groups and non-profits such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or the NRA that is essential to our public discourse and protected by the First Amendment.”
In addition to the ACLU, the White House and McConnell, the bill has attracted more than 300 groups against its passage, like the Chamber of Commerce, state election boards and various conservative-learning organizations, according to Roll Call.