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No Respite for K Street During Memorial Day Break

In its 5-4 ruling, the high court in January threw out most restrictions on political advertising paid for by corporations, trade associations and other nonprofit organizations. The chamber claims the bill, which has two Republican co-sponsors, is an infringement on its constitutionally protected free speech rights.

In a briefing with reporters Friday, Donohue further criticized the proposal, calling it a blatantly political play by Democrats in both chambers to game November’s outcome.

“This is not a policy issue — this is a direct, overt effort by the head of the House committee and Schumer, who sort of still thinks he’s the head of the Senate committee, to basically cut a number of people out of the political process,” Donohue said. “These guys looked at the polls and they’re trying to figure out how to cut us and others out of the elections.”

In response to Donohue’s gripes about the DISCLOSE Act, a Van Hollen spokesman said Friday that “either the chamber has been so preoccupied trying to con the American people with misinformation to even bother reading the bill, or they just prefer to operate in the shadows.”

“The DISCLOSE Act is designed to shed sunlight and increase transparency on those entities spending money on our elections. This is an objective that the vast majority of Americans and this Congress supports,” spokesman Doug Thornell said in a statement. “This well oiled campaign of opposition by special interests based in Washington is about as surprising as Lindsay Lohan getting into legal trouble.”

But the DISCLOSE Act isn’t the chamber’s only priority. In addition to campaign finance, Donohue said Friday that his group will continue to lobby on financial regulations, climate change and health care during this recess and into the summer months.

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