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At the national level, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 1998, generally
known as the Shays-Meehan Bill, H.R. 3526, is pending in the United States
Congress. This legislation prohibits national political parties, federal
candidates, and officials from raising, spending, or directing "soft money" and
prohibits state parties from spending "soft money" for activities that affect
Sanctimony has marked much of the talk in both houses of the United States
Congress, but attempts to avoid commitment have marked the legislative process.
Receivers of large contributions like to receive large contributions. Such
receivers have offered disabling amendments, and more are threatened, to destroy
the clean and clear thrust of the Shays-Meehan Bill.
At the state and local level, campaign finance reform is being proposed via
referendum and other measures. For example, Massachusetts will have a referendum
on the ballot in November of 1998.
Because the use of the democratic process is a cherished fundamental of
Unitarian Universalism, the 1998 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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