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Utah: Ominous Campaign Disclosure Bill Heads to Governor

Friday, March 22, 2013

Your action is needed IMMEDIATELY to stop suppression of political speech in Utah!

House Bill 43, a measure aimed to suppress political speech by organizations such as the NRA, has received the final approval of both the Utah House and Senate and is now awaiting Governor Gary Herbert’s (R) signature.  This fatally flawed bill poses a grave risk to the freedom of speech in Utah and would impose excessive regulatory burdens on the NRA and other political interests.  Your action is needed immediately – please contact Governor Herbert TODAY and respectfully request that he veto HB 43  which would inhibit First Amendment rights and potentially undermine your Second Amendment rights.

HB 43 would require organizations like the NRA who engage in political speech to immediately disclose the names of virtually all its donors, including those who pay membership dues The proponents of HB 43 admitted during debate that their intent was to “have a chilling effect on people who contribute.”  These admissions suggest that HB 43 is indeed intended to suppress political speech by groups such as the NRA.  HB 43 is overly broad, unconstitutionally vague and would chill election-related speech.

This bill is a dangerous politically motivated measure and must be stopped.  Please contact Governor Gary Herbert TODAY at 801-538-1000 or 800-705-2464.  Respectfully request that he veto House Bill 43.

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