What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Campaign Finance Reform : HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Introducing Exemptions to Advertising Restrictions for Pro-Gun Groups.
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Introducing Exemptions to Advertising Restrictions for Pro-Gun Groups.
house Roll Call 24     Feb 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Progressive

For years, corporations and wealthy individuals had skirted campaign finance restrictions on the size of donations by giving "soft money" to parties, which was unregulated. The parties were supposed to use the money for "party building," but they had found ways to support individual candidates with the funds while staying within the letter of the law. Reformers sought to close this loophole with the Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill, which banned soft money donations to the national parties. Opponents of the bill knew it had majority support, so they tried to attach unfriendly amendments that would complicate the bill's passage in the Senate and peel away support for the bill itself. The most significant of these was an amendment by Pickering (R-MS) that would have exempted advocacy for the right to bear arms from advertising restrictions in the bill. The move brought many Southern Democrats over to the opposition, and produced the closest vote of any amendment to the bill: 209 for to 219 against. Progressives voted against for two reasons: because they opposed giving special protection to supporters of the NRA, and because they supported reform and opposed any attempts to derail it.

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