Dems face backlash over NRA deal in anti free speech bill

June 16, 2010 05:36

House Democrats are facing a backlash from some liberal and government reform advocacy groups over an exemption for the National Rifle Association (NRA) that was added to a campaign finance bill.

By Russell Berman at The Hill

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Sierra Club said Tuesday they will now oppose the Disclose Act, which Democrats are pushing as a response to the January Supreme Court decision that overturned limits on corporate and union contributions to political campaigns.

The opposition comes after Democrats agreed to a provision that would exempt the NRA and a few other large organizations from disclosure requirements that are central to the bill.

The exemption has rankled House liberals. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Tuesday he would try to mobilize members to oppose the NRA amendment and force it from the bill.

Democratic leaders hope to pass the campaign finance bill by the end of the week, but aides said they had yet to nail down the votes.


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