It is important for all senators to receive communications on this issue. It is particularly important that Republican senators receive letters and calls in opposition to the McCain-Feingold bill.
All available means of activating grassroots networks should be utilized to galvanize citizen activity on this issue, including telephone trees, church bulletins, call-ins to appropriate radio talk shows, and letters to the editor of local newspapers.
The information below provides basic information. For further information and updates on this and other federal issues, see the NRLC web site at www.nrlc.org under "Federal Legislation."
On January 22, Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Russell Feingold (D-Wi.) introduced the latest version (S. 27) of their omnibus "reform" bill.
The Senate is scheduled to take up the McCain-Feingold bill in the last half of March.
Like earlier versions, S. 27 contains multiple restrictions on free speech about politicians. The restrictions include pre-election restrictions on broadcast "issue ads" and other restrictions that apply year-round to both print and broadcast communications. The bills also restrict the ability of groups such as NRLC to directly lobby elected officials regarding pending legislation. (See "Is McCain's Motto `Do As I Say, Not As I Do'?" by Douglas Johnson, on page 6 of this issue.)
Such restrictions, if enacted, would further enhance the power of the institutional news/entertainment media to control what citizens are told about right-to-life issues and about the actions of federal politicians on those issues.
Please encourage letters and calls to all U.S. senators - - especially Republicans and newly elected Democrats. Urge them "to oppose the McCain-Feingold bill and any other campaign reform bill that would restrict the right of citizen groups to spend money on ads or publications that comment on the positions of politicians on specific issues."
How to Contact Your Senators
The mailing address for all U.S. senators is:
Washington, D.C. 20510
All senators' offices may be telephoned through the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121. In addition, calls to senators' in-state offices are particularly helpful.
Another Way You Can Help
Please send a copy of any letter received from a senator or any report in your local press regarding the position of one of your senators on this issue to:
National Right to Life/Federal Legislative Office
419-Seventh Street, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
Fax: (202) 347-3668
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|Title Annotation:||campaign finance reform legislation|
|Publication:||National Right to Life News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2001|
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