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They say politics makes strange allies but this is one for the books.
The gun lobby cut a deal this week with the Senate's leading gun control advocate and an attempt to exempt itself from a campaign finance bill now working its way through congress.
The bill known as the disclose act as a democratic response to the Supreme Court January ruling in citizens united VS EF EC which.
Lifted limits on spending by corporations unions and nonprofit groups in political campaigns.
At the time the NRA's Wayne Lapierre called citizens united a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech is a privilege for themselves and denied to the rest of us.
How times have changed senior editorial page writer Colin Levy joins us with more so -- briefly what does the disclose that do.
The disclose -- is really geared towards camping back the free speech that.
Businesses and corporations -- with these citizens united decision in January.
And you know ostensibly it just targets -- sorts of government contractors businesses that have received.
And those that have some level of foreign ownership but what.
Is really -- play here is an effort to create sort of mass confusion in the business community in a way that.
Businesses that like to speak out against Democrats all right.
So the NRA it's that it opposed this ugly -- so why would suddenly.
Only the Democrat democratic leadership no friend of the NRA decided need to carve out an exemption for.
-- for the gun lobby.
Well you know again here what's happened is when you think about it NRA actually isn't nearly as much of a threat to Democrats as businesses are in.
In most districts where -- where gun rights are important to citizens Democrats tend to run fairly gun friendly candidates and the NRA has a history of endorsing some Democrats as well so it's not just the right leaning group there the bigger the bigger threat is local business groups that want to speak out.
Against Democrats and that's what the Democrats are more afraid of in this upcoming so -- they wanted to neutralize.
The NRA on this particular question for this election -- give and particularly -- Make some of the blue dog Democrats we're gonna have very tough races not have to run and in addition against business.
Against the NRA.
Okay so but here's a question -- why would the NRA.
Wanna cut this deal because if if if in fact the Democrats felt they needed to that that they need to do something to -- -- -- to get this passed it might have failed on.
Its -- -- the NRA has always been exceptionally private about its -- And I have a right to be I mean there is right out there -- -- on the committee in organizations.
They went to blue dogs and and they basically made it known that they really didn't want this to pass and they didn't want these restrictions put on it.
That's one of the reasons that the Chuck -- cut this deal because he couldn't get votes from blue dogs let something happen.
But yeah I was just simply worried that this bill would passed whether or not it -- -- not.
Democrats -- very good at twisting arms so in the end it said well better to cut a deal.
Then they end up under these restrictions with nothing at all.
They were willing to sell out on the First Amendment to get that to protect themselves they thought in their main job which is to protect the Second Amendment and not have to disclose their donors so that's the logic.
That's part of it yet.
All right John so.
It does this help the bill passed.
A confuses situations.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California Democrats that she's not gonna vote for this now because the -- and carved out she's a friend -- the other exactly as historian I think.
I think the bill is going down but I think in the long run the area's going to hurt its standing in the conservative movement because this was done.
With I mean it's one thing you can consultant to -- NRA members and deal like this but the 76 member board was also not consultant really.
Barely a few members were clued in otherwise this was an inside deal inside the NRA bureaucracy.
So -- the is that in order to after this past it was an uproar against -- -- now the congress is -- -- we're gonna expand the exemption not just to the NRA and maybe ARP which also qualified under the previous for.
Now -- -- it.
To include the Sierra Club and some other -- some other organizations.
What's the thinking there.
Right so that the very very uber exclusive club has gotten just a little bit less exclusive.
You know I mean there they're getting all kinds of blowback from liberal groups as well now who say.
-- got this really isn't -- that this is just a carve out for the NRA and the Indians won in that we worry about this do.
But you know the whole game here is about creating two different tiers of political free speech and that's the problem that.
That Democrats have huge values you mentioned that NAACP.
Was still would apply even go to the second iteration of this.
And now they wanna get in the game into into this to be may have to take the exemption on the level of eliminates -- and the -- and give -- So -- you follow the politics of this John says he thinks it's going down.
Democrats are still insisting it's gonna pass briefly what do you think.
Though they have created a real -- themselves you know they were supposed to have a vote this past week it's it's been delayed.
And this is what happens when you start cutting special deal with everyone because everyone wants -- on it.
The look at -- passes bill to spare mine this is about -- anticipating the unions to continue using free speech.
And had to stop the corporations these special interest groups are sort of a side issue.
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