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 Requiring a Difficult-to- Enforce Ban on Donations By Non-Citizens.
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Requiring a Difficult-to- Enforce Ban on Donations By Non-Citizens.
house Roll Call 30     Feb 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Progressive

The political system of the 1990s became awash in so-called "soft money": unrestricted donations to political parties to circumvent caps on donations from individuals. Parties were supposed to use the money for "party-building" activities, but they had found ways to support individual candidates with soft money while staying within the letter of the law. Shays (R-CT) and Meehan (D-MA) advocated a reform bill that banned soft money donations to national parties. The bill had majority support in the House, but needed to survive unfriendly amendments by opponents, who sought to change the bill in ways that would peel away votes from the majority coalition and complicate passage in the Senate. One of these amendments was proposed by Wicker (R-MS), and would have banned non-citizens from donating to federal campaigns. Progressives opposed this amendment not only on its face, but also because they supported reform and knew that the amendment's ulterior motive was anti-reform. They voted "no" and helped sink the amendment, 160-268.

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