In a letter sent today, reform groups urged House members to vote for amendments that would strike undermining campaign finance riders from the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (HR 5485).

The groups included the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, Demos, Issue One, League of Women Voters, People For the American Way, Public Citizen and Represent.Us.

The letter said, “To help ensure that big-moneyed special interests cannot continue to dominate our political system, our organizations strongly encourage you to vote for the Becerra, Kildee, DeSaulnier, and Yarmuth amendments to vote against the Amodei/Westmoreland amendment.”


- Becerra amendment #43, which strikes section 127, which prevents the IRS from issuing guidance to more clearly define political activity for 501(c)(4) organizations.

- Kildee amendment #127, which strikes section 625 of the bill, a provision that prevents the SEC from developing or finalizing a rule that requires the disclosure of political contributions to tax exempt organizations.

- DeSaulnier amendment #128, which strikes section 735 (a provision that would block the President from issuing an executive order relating to contractor disclosure of political spending).

- Yarmuth amendment #66, which prohibits funds from being used in contravention of Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934 (political disclosure at the FCC).


- Amodei/Westmoreland amendment #29, which prohibits funds from being used to enforce the requirement in section 316(b)(4)(D) of the Federal Election Campaign Act that solicitation of contribution from member corporations’ stockholders or personnel from a trade association be separately and specifically approved by the member corporation involved prior to the solicitation, and that such member corporations does not approve any such solicitation by more than one trade association in any calendar year.


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