Capitol Hill Watch Alert
of Representatives to Vote on the
Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Bill
As early as Thursday, July
12, 2001, the House of Representatives could vote on the Shays-Meehan
campaign finance reform bill. Similar to the McCain-Feingold campaign
finance reform bill which passed in the Senate earlier this 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.
In addition, a compromise
bill sponsored by Representative Bob Ney (Republican - Ohio) would
also place limits on campaign contributions. Although 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