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July Capitol Hill Watch Alert

Outcome 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 end.

For more information about Campaign Finance Reform, click here.

What Can You Do?

Continue to urge your representative to vote against the Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform Bill.

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

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

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

To view a sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/Shays-MeehanLetter.htm

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