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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Cloture Vote to Close "Soft" Money Loophole and Reduce the Role of Money in the Political System.
senate Roll Call 53     Mar 20, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Progressive

This was a motion to invoke cloture on the campaign finance reform bill. In the Senate, cloture limits debate and brings a bill to a vote. The campaign finance reform bill was an attempt to eliminate so-called "soft" money: money donated to parties for party-building activities such as registration drives. Soft money had come to be seen as a loophole for large, unregulated donations. The new law banned all soft money donations to the national parties and limited soft money donations to state and local parties to $10,000 per donor per election cycle. To compensate for these changes, it doubled to $2000 the limit on "hard" money donated directly to candidates. Progressives favored the bill as a way to weaken the influence of money in politics, so they also favored cloture. The vote on cloture was 68-32, eight more than the 60 needed for passage. This cleared the way for a final vote.

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