|For Immediate Release
July 17, 2012
Manassas, VA – News of Tuesday’s vote on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 was received positively by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the world’s pre-eminent association of Christian communicators and broadcasters.
“I am pleased that the Senate voted today to waylay the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3369),” remarked Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB. “We have seen previous attempts to pass these new, burdensome regulations for non-profit advocacy groups that speak out. This Act not only impedes the First Amendment rights of such groups, including local grass roots organizations, it also puts them in a stranglehold by wrapping them in a maze of red tape and reporting restrictions, and then threatening them with civil and criminal prosecution if they fail to dot an ‘I’ or cross a ‘T’ in the vast reporting duties that are set out in this extensive bill.”
NRB has opposed the various versions of the DISCLOSE Act, noting that public disclosure of members and donors of organizations that support “controversial” viewpoints or candidates might subject them to threats, harassment, and reprisals.
“The DISCLOSE Act would throttle the First Amendment freedom of association and free speech rights of not-for-profit groups by forcing disclosure of private information of local activists and donors, creating the potential for harassment and intimidation by bad-faith opponents,” explained Craig Parshall, NRB’s Senior Vice-President & General Counsel. “The Supreme Court has already noted this civil liberty affront in commenting on the vicious acts of retaliation that were perpetrated against ordinary citizen donors who supported traditional marriage during the Proposition 8 campaign in California. Let’s hope that bad bill does not advance any further.”
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members.Learn more at www.nrb.org.
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