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Campaign Finance Reform Bills
in the House of Representatives

Mailed or Faxed Correpondence...

To A Representative:

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

Dear Representative (last name):

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, the upcoming vote for campaign finance reform could outlaw large, unregulated "soft money" donations from corporations, unions and individuals.

Another 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.

The U.S. Constitution, in no way, restricts a citizen's choice to support the candidate or party of his choice. Whether considering the Shays-Meehan bill or the less restrictive Ney bill, both represen compromises that Americans cannot afford to make.

As you constituent, I urge you to vote against both campaign finance reform bills.

Sincerely,

(Your Name*)

*Be sure to include your complete address in the letter.

E-mail Correspondence...

The following format should be used in the body of your message:

Your Name
Address
City, State  Zip Code

Dear Senator (last name),

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, the upcoming vote for campaign finance reform could outlaw large, unregulated "soft money" donations from corporations, unions and individuals.

Another 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.

The U.S. Constitution, in no way, restricts a citizen's choice to support the candidate or party of his choice. Whether considering the Shays-Meehan bill or the less restrictive Ney bill, both represen compromises that Americans cannot afford to make.

As you constituent, I urge you to vote against both campaign finance reform bills.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

*Be sure to include your complete address in the letter.

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