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Action Alert - LWVUS

Campaign Finance Reform

Over the next several weeks, the League of Women Voters has a golden opportunity to change history. We have worked diligently in favor of incremental, bipartisan campaign finance reform this past year and our efforts are slowly paying off. We hae helped transform the congressional debate from one deadlocked over spending limits to one focused on incremental legislations to close the loopholes in the current law. Now is the perfect time for us to put pressure )n members of Congress and get )ur message across to them.

Leaders in both the House ind the Senate have promised to )ring this issue to their respective floors by early March 1998. At this Joint, grassroots advocacy is essen tial in achieving real reform.

Between now and March, it is vital that your elected officials be bombarded with our message in favor of incremental, bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation that closes the soft money and sham issue advocacy loopholes.

ACTION

Your Senators and representatives need to hear from you and all your League members at this crucial time. Please urge your senators to vote against a motion to table (kill) bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation. Ask your senators to oppose any "poison pill" or killer amendments and to vote in favor of cloture. In the House, urge your representatives to support bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation that closes the soft money and sham issue advocacy loopholes. Here are a few suggested activities to undertake in the coming weeks:

  • Phone calls and letters. It is imperative that senators and representatives hear from constituents on this issue. Many congressional offices use the defense that they don't hear from constituents as a reason to oppose real reform.

  • Personal visits. Congress will have a recess in February. This would be an ideal time to schedule a personal visit with your members of Congress.

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