For Immediate Release
Statement of Brady President Paul Helmke on Passage of Campaign Finance Bill
WASHINGTON - Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on passage of a
bill by the U.S. House of Representatives to require disclosure of
sources of funding in federal elections:
“This bill exempting the NRA, and only a handful of other wealthy
groups, from having to follow the same rules as other advocacy groups
involved in political campaigns is fundamentally flawed, likely can’t
survive judicial scrutiny, and should be rejected by the United States
Senate as currently written.
“When Democratic leaders in the House decided to exclude one of the
groups that puts the most money into politics because a bloc of their
members takes money, and direction, from this group, they abandoned the
moral high ground on this issue. The result is a bad bill that has been
harshly criticized from virtually all parts of the political spectrum.
“It’s hard to craft legislation that is passionately opposed by the
Brady Campaign and Gun Owners of America, plus the Alliance for Justice
and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But that’s just what the authors of
this legislation have done. This is a bad bill that should go no further
in its present form. We will work with a broad coalition to continue
fighting against it.”
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.
We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.