[govinfo] Fw: Sign on for S. 223, deadline today 6pm

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 09:54:41 -0400

I apologize for the short notice on this (the deadline is 6pm today). Please 
send sign-ons to Emily Feldman (efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) with the name 
of your organization.

Individuals who wish to send a letter, please go to 
http://ga6.org/openthegovernment/home.html and select "Support Senate 
Electronic Disclosure."  There are 2 letters to chose from and you are free to 
cut & paste and personalize a letter.


Patrice McDermott, Director
1742 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
202.332.OPEN (6736)

    Below is a sign on letter in support of S. 223, Senate  Campaign Disclosure 
Parity Act, to require Senators to file campaign finance  reports 


The letter will be sent to Sen. McConnell and Sen. Stevens who have  both 
raised objections to this proposal in the past. If you would like to sign  on, 
please email me (efeldman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)  the name of your organization 
by 6pm EDT Wednesday, April 11     


Emily Feldman    

Program Associate    

1742    Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Floor    

Washington, DC 20009    

(202) 332-OPEN (6736)    


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United    States Senate
  Washington, D.C. 
  Dear Senator,    


The undersigned organizations, partners of OpenTheGovernment.org, are writing 
to you to ask you to  support S.223, the "Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity 
Act."  Earlier this year, a broadly  bipartisan group of 34 Senators 
reintroduced legislation (S. 223 in the 110th  Congress and S. 1508 in the 
109th) to require Senators to file their  campaign finance reports 


On March 28, 2007, the Senate Rules Committee, by unanimous voice vote,  passed 
S. 223, providing for electronic disclosure of campaign finance reports  by 
Senate candidates and party committees.     


Sen. Feingold is said to be planning to offer the bill on the Senate  floor.  I 
urge you to support the bill as it stands without amendment when  he does so.   


Currently, all federal candidates, party committees and federal PACs  are 
required to file their campaign finance disclosure reports electronically -  
with the sole exception of Senate candidates who are still filing paper  
reports. This exception for Senate candidates has no rational basis, makes no  
sense and is not defensible.    


The voters in every House race, however, had electronic filings  available 
within 48 hours.  There no justifiable reason for Senate  disclosure not to be 
as good as the House's.    


This proposal – unlike any of the others involving campaign  finance – has no 
stated opposition.  The breadth of the  co-sponsors speaks volumes.  The 
Federal Election Commission supports  it.  The Washington Post and New York 
Times have editorialized for  it.  Blogs on the left and right also came out in 
its favor last year,  including Daily Kos, RedState, Huffington Post, Club for 
Growth, and many more.      


The reason for this nearly universal support is simple:   electronic filing 
would impose NO new disclosure requirements at all on the  Senate.  It would 
only change the manner of filing.  Nor would it  require Senate committees to 
change anything about how they now keep their  records; Senate campaigns keep 
their contribution records electronically anyway.       


In the name of transparency and accountability, we urge you to support  the 
contents of S.223 without amendment.      


Please contact Patrice McDermott, Director of  OpenTheGovernment.org, at (202) 
332-6736 if you have any questions or wish to  discuss this matter.    






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