What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Campaign Finance Reform : HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Preventing National Parties From Using Funds to Construct Office Buildings. (2002 house Roll Call 32)
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HR 2356. Campaign Finance Reform/Vote to Intended to Complicate Passage of Reform By Preventing National Parties From Using Funds to Construct Office Buildings.
house Roll Call 32     Feb 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

To opponents of the influence of money in politics, one of the biggest problems in the 1990s was the "soft money" loophole in existing campaign finance law. The loophole permitted corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid caps on individual donations by giving to parties instead. Parties were supposed to use soft money for "party building," 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) proposed a bill that closed this loophole, but to pass it needed to survive attempts by opponents to add unfriendly amendments. Such amendments aimed to peel votes away from the fragile majority coalition and complicate passage of the bill in the Senate. Kingston (R-GA) proposed one of these amendments: a provision forbidding national parties from using certain funds to pay for the construction costs of office buildings. Progressives saw this as an attempt to undermine the reform bill; because they supported reform, they opposed this amendment. Even so, the amendment passed, 232-196.

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