Capitol Hill Watch Alert
Still in Doubt Over Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Bill
On Thursday, July 12, 2001,
the House of Representatives shelved 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 have banned "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.
After the bill's supporters
refused to accept the procedural rules for considering the issue,
they vowed to try to bring the bill back to the floor before year's
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What Can You Do?
Continue to urge your representative
to vote against the Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Bill.
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