What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Campaign Finance Reform : HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Double Individual Contribution Limits.
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Double Individual Contribution Limits.
house Roll Call 28     Feb 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Progressives and others had long complained that corporations and wealthy individuals could skirt restrictions on the size of donations to political campaigns by giving "soft money" to the political parties. The parties were supposed to use the money for "party-building" activities, but they had found ways to use it to support individual candidates while staying within the letter of the law. Shays (R-CT) and Meehan (D-MA) pushed a reform bill that closed this loophole. In a late change they felt was necessary to pass the bill in both the House and the Senate, they strove to add a provision doubling the limit for individual donations from $1000 to $2000. This was meant to offset the elimination of the soft money option. Progressives wanted campaign finance reform to pass, but they felt doubling the amount wealthy donors could give was beyond their ability to compromise. When the amendment was proposed, Progressives voted against. The amendment passed anyway, 218-211, and the doubled limit was added to the final bill.

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