What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Campaign Finance Reform : HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Strip a Provision That Reduced TV Advertising Rates to Candidates and Parties.
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Strip a Provision That Reduced TV Advertising Rates to Candidates and Parties.
house Roll Call 23     Feb 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

After years of growing "soft money" donations of unregulated size to parties-those concerned about the influence of money in politics looked like they were going to get the reform they desired. Soft money was supposed to be used for "party-building" activities, but parties had discovered ways to support individual campaigns with the money while staying within the letter of the law. Shays (R-CT) and Meehan (D-MA) had proposed a bill that addressed this problem by banning soft money donations entirely, and making a number of other changes to the system. The amendment at issue here was proposed by supporters of the bill to add to the majority coalition and make the bill coincide with the Senate version for easier passage there. It stripped the existing reform bill of a provision that ensured candidates and parties would get a TV station's lowest advertising rates. Though the amendment was a good-faith effort to shepherd the bill along, Progressives could not back it. They supported the overall bill, but they also supported the lower ad rates, so they opposed this particular amendment. However, their opposition was not enough, and the amendment passed, 327-101, thus removing the ad rate provision from the bill.

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