Manufacturers: Wyden-Murkowski Act Would Limit Political Speech

Congress Should Protect First Amendment Rights, Not Restrict Them

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on the Follow the Money Act introduced today by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK):

“The legislation introduced in the Senate today will hinder advocacy of public policy and have a chilling effect on free speech. This complicated regulatory disclosure system will not be a tool for transparency, and would actually discourage political participation. Its greatly expanded definition of election activity could encompass almost all public policy advocacy. Our nation is strongest when all voices can be heard in the political process and none are singled out or discouraged.

The NAM is committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of manufacturers and their ability to participate in the political process. Manufacturers have a right to weigh in on policies that will affect the economy and their ability to grow and create jobs. This bill will harm the political process and do nothing to improve it.”

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