For example, while the Disclose Act prohibits any corporation with a federal contract of $50,000 or more from making independent expenditures or electioneering communications, no such prohibition applies to unions. This $50,000 trigger is so low it would exclude thousands of corporations from engaging in constitutionally protected political speech, the very core of the First Amendment. Yet public employee unions negotiate directly with the government for benefits many times the value of contracts that would trigger the corporate ban.If the bill goes through, it will almost certainly face another challenge in the Supreme Court -- the only question is "when." Will it be in time for the 2010 cycle? No matter what the result, it speaks volumes that Democrats think this type of legislation is a good idea.
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