The Leader Board

While Americans Struggle To Find Jobs, Democrats Work To Protect Their Own


Dems 'Packing The Summer Schedule With Symbolic, Campaign Trail-Themed Votes'

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is packing the summer schedule with symbolic, campaign trail-themed votes… Democrats also plan next week to force a vote on a new version of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill to require disclosure of campaign spending by corporations and other groups." ("Reid Might Bring Tax Cuts for Senate Vote In 2 Weeks," National Journal, 7/11/12)


GALLUP: The Economy And Unemployment… 'Most Important Problem'

The unemployment rate has stood above 8% for 41 months (Feb. 2009 – June 2012). (BLS, Accessed 7/10/12)

Average duration of unemployment was 39.9 weeks in June 2012. (BLS, Accessed, 2/3/12)

  • "More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation's jobs picture is…The economy created just 80,000 jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. But that same month, 85,000 workers left the workforce entirely to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, according to the Social Security Administration." ("Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery," Investor's Business Daily, 7/6/12)

GALLUP: "Sixty-eight percent of Americans mention some aspect of the economy when asked about the most important problem facing the country today with the economy in general (31%) and unemployment (25%) most often mentioned as specific concerns." ("U.S. Satisfaction Slips Slightly To 20%," Gallup Poll, 6/13/12)


Similar Efforts To Limit Speech Were Rejected By Congress & The FEC

Congress Rejected The DISCLOSE Act Twice

JULY 2010: REJECTED By U.S. Senate (S. 3628, Roll Call Vote # 220: Cloture Motion Rejected  57-41: R 0-40; D 56-1; I 1-0, 7/27/10)

SEPTEMBER 2010: REJECTED By U.S. Senate (S. 3628, Roll Call Vote # 240: Cloture Motion Rejected 59-39: R 0-39; D 57-0; I 2-0, 9/23/10)


The FEC Refused To Impose DISCLOSE By Regulation

"A year after the Supreme Court made a landmark decision to ease campaign spending restrictions for corporations and interest groups, the Federal Election Commission has not issued regulations… the effort to write new regulations has been halted…" ("FEC Is Stalled On Election Rules," The Washington Post, 3/28/11)

  • "Democratic commissioners are demanding that the FEC consider rules that would require interest groups to reveal who is underwriting campaign advertising. … The disclosure provisions proposed by commission Democrats closely resemble those in a bill pushed by congressional Democrats last year, which has prompted complaints from Republicans." ("FEC Is Stalled On Election Rules," The Washington Post, 3/28/11)


The U.S. Supreme Court Has Overturned Unconstitutional Free Speech Restrictions

U.S. SUPREME COURT: "The First Amendment protects speech and speaker, and the ideas that flow from each… We find no basis for the proposition that, in the context of political speech, the Government may impose restrictions on certain disfavored speakers." ("Citizens United, Appellant V. Federal Election Commission," Supreme Court Of The United States, 1/21/10)