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 Veterans and Seniors.
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Introducing Exemptions to Advertising Restrictions for Veterans and Seniors.
house Roll Call 26     Feb 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Progressive

Shays (R-CT) and Meehan (DMA) proposed a bill to close a loophole in the existing campaign finance law that allowed wealthy donors to give unrestricted amounts to political parties. The parties were supposed to use this "soft money" for "party-building" activities, but they had found ways to use the money to support individual campaigns while staying within the letter of the law. To pass, the Shays-Meehan bill had to survive attempts by opponents to add unfriendly amendments designed to split the majority or complicate passage in the Senate. Opponents hoped to add enough of these amendments to peel away votes and destroy the bill's majority support. This particular unfriendly amendment, proposed by Johnson (R-TX), would have exempted advocacy for veterans' or seniors' issues from the advertising restrictions. Progressives knew this was designed to weigh down the bill: the breadth of the exempted categories exacted maximum damage to the bill's substance while gathering as many supporters of the amendment as possible. Progressives supported campaign finance reform so they opposed this attempt to kill it. With Progressives voting "no," the amendment was rejected 200-228.

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