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GRNC-PVF Alert 10-31-10:
NRA's Shot in the Dark for Shuler
In defending their endorsement for HEATH SHULER, NRA lashes out at a "group purporting to support the Second Amendment" claiming that the unnamed organization is "either grossly misinformed or deliberately attempting to mislead voters in North Carolina's eleventh congressional district about the record of Congressman Heath Shuler." Oh really?
They further state that "Congressman Heath Shuler tried to protect the First Amendment rights of all gun rights organizations," and that Shuler "has consistently voted to protect our Second Amendment rights and he has earned our endorsement and support." Is that a fact? Well, let's see...
DISCLOSE ACT, THE FACTS
Where do we start? After finishing scratching our heads over how much of a champion of the First Amendment (not to mention the Second Amendment on which he has a GRNC 0% voting record) -- according to the NRA -- Shuler is, the question occurs of why the NRA waited to remove their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act until their champion Shuler introduced an amendment with an exemption so narrow that the only Second Amendment organization that was exempted was THEM. Of course according to their latest communication, they are the only true defenders of the Second Amendment and everyone else simply "purports" to support the Second Amendment.
So, why does a congressman with a ZERO percent voting record on the Second Amendment suddenly get a favorable rating from NRA after cutting a deal to allow them to be the only 2A organization who is allowed to speak without having to turn over their donor list to the government during an election cycle?
So, what would the DISCLOSE Act do to 2A groups not fortunate enough to have an anti-gun politician willing to go to bat for them?
Organizations such as GRNC, Gun Owners of America and CCRKBA will be effectively banned from engaging in political debate. The demand would be on such organizations to enumerate their donors any time they issue any kind of campaign advocacy ad.
Along with that it also does the following:
* Bans political speech by government contractors and TARP recipients but not unions with collective bargaining agreements with the government or unions who receive dues from government payroll deductions.
* Imposes legally unsound limitations on coordinated communications between federal candidates and organizations - possibly subjecting candidates to investigations and fines for activity they don't know took place.
* Creates highly complex reporting requirements - unlikely to impact unions - that would have high compliance costs and disproportionate effects on small businesses.
* Places more stringent "stand by your ad" requirements on organizations than candidates by forcing organization heads and top funders to appear in ads, stating their organizations' names up to five times.
* Deliberately and recklessly seeks to affect the 2010 elections by taking effect in 30 days without waiting for the FEC to issue instructions and rules so people can follow the law and avoid criminal and civil punishment.
Read more about how all this took place here:
* VOTE ON NOV 2 (or earlier by mailing an absentee ballot or using county's early voting walk-in sites)
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