We just received word that dangerous so-called “ethics reform” bills have been introduced and are now sitting in committees in the Senate and the House (S.B. 570 and H.B. 2062). These bills can be considered at any time.
Don’t let them go any further!
It is URGENT that you call your state senator and state representative TODAY and demand they vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.
Bills like these are designed to crush the grassroots by removing an individual’s right to speak anonymously by forcing organizations to release your name and address to a government monitoring agency.
In other words, politicians would have an “enemies list” to go after if you try to speak up about their voting records or engage with fellow citizens to advocate for a cause.
If passed, these laws would secure the power of the political class by ensuring the voters cannot learn of a politician’s voting record on liberty issues.
Your private information would then be available on government websites for all to see!
The law is designed to undermine the kind of work you and I have done exposing corruption and conflicts of interest and holding legislators accountable.
So-called “ethics reform” laws have already silenced grassroots activists in Montana, and several other states are considering such bills attacking our First Amendment rights to free speech at this moment!
Unfortunately, many of these bills are supported and written by so-called “conservatives.”
Please call your state senator and state representative and demand they vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.
Our right to free speech is especially important around election time.
Numerous court decisions over the last century have confirmed and reconfirmed that our political speech is protected from regulation.
Politicians have no right to protection from criticism.
Yet, that’s what these so-called “ethics” bills are attempting to do.
And that’s what we must stop!
Until the gavel falls and the legislative session is closed, we must be vigilant in making sure lawmakers don’t succumb to the pressure.
Call your state senator and state representative today and ask them to vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.
Tags: Free Speech, Ethics Reform, SB 570, HB 2062, Missouri