WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2022)—The R Street Institute urges all senators to oppose S.443, the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2021, or the DISCLOSE Act.

R Street’s Governance program aims to assess and improve America’s national system of self-governance. We are strong proponents of strengthening Congress and affirming our basic civil liberties, including the right to speak freely. The DISCLOSE Act would unnecessarily force exposure of donor information, threaten individual liberties and violate freedom of speech.

Anonymous participation is a critical element of our political process. Many transformative ideas and just causes, unpopular or controversial in their time, relied on anonymous arguments to the ultimate benefit of us all—from the abolition of slavery to the fight for Civil Rights. The DISCLOSE Act eliminates the ability to participate in the political process as the Founders intended, free from intimidation or harm.

Accordingly, we urge all members to vote “NO” on S.443, the DISCLOSE Act, in order to safeguard the rights to privacy and freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution.

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