Capitol Hill Watch Alert
of Representatives to Vote on the
Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Bill
February 13, 2002, the House of Representatives is expected to vote
on the Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill.
(H.R. 2356; To view the bill visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.02356:)
Similar to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill which
passed in the Senate earlier last year, the Shays-Meehan bill would
ban "soft money" contributions. Through its passage, Constitutionally-protected
free speech would be violated because of the bills forbidance of issue
advertising within 60 days of an election.
a compromise bill sponsored by Representative Bob Ney (Republican
- Ohio) would also place limits on campaign contributions.
(H.R. 2360; To view the bill visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.02360:
contributions would not be completed banned, the Ney bill would limit
corporations, individuals and labor unions in the amount of their
donations. The bill would restrict soft money donations to national
parties to $75,000 annually but would impose no limits on state party
donations. Political parties would also be stopped from using soft
money to finance "issue ads" on television. However, voter registration
drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns could be financed by soft money
according to the Ney bill.
Although the Ney
bill is less restrictive, it is still a compromise Americans cannot
afford to make. The U.S. Constitution, in no way, restricts a citizen's
choice to support the candidate or party of his choice.
For more information
about Campaign Finance Reform, click
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to vote against both campaign finance reform bills.
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
To go to your
representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your
representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
To view a
sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/Shays-MeehanLetter.htm