|January 11, 2007|
|UPDATE: The Senate passed the Bennett amendment (S.Amdt.20) late January 18 by a vote of 55-43 (Roll Call 17). The Senate then passed the lobbying reform bill (S. 1) by a vote of 96-2 (Roll Call 19). Thank you Eagle Forum members for making calls! You made a difference! The bill must now be voted on in the House.|
Protect the First Amendment!
Urge Senators for Vote YES on the Bennett Amendment!
In the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff scandal, the Democratic Congress is racing to enact new ethics and lobbying rules. Some reforms are necessary to keep our government transparent and functioning in a fair manner. However, a provision in the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act (S.1) being voted on next week in the U.S. Senate, would unfairly target grassroots groups like Eagle Forum, who represent citizen voices a variety of issues. This type of "grassroots lobbying" has long been considered separate and distinct from the activities of hired lobbyists like Jack Abramoff.
The grassroots lobbying provisions (Section 220) would subject advocacy groups to tremendous government regulation. When groups like Eagle Forum expend a certain amount of money encouraging citizens to contact their elected officials on a particular issue, this provision would require arduous government reporting, including notifying Congress 45 days before such action would take place! In effect, this would give Congress a "heads up" on any constituent activity coming their way! What an attack on the First Amendment!
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT), along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has offered an amendment to strike the grassroots lobbying provisions included in S.1. Eagle Forum supports the Bennett amendment. Your calls are needed right now to all Senators asking them to vote YES on the Bennett amendment.
Making our government more transparent is a necessary endeavor. However, the American people should not be punished for the wrongs of Jack Abramoff, other hired lobbyists, and corrupt politicians. Please call your Senators today!
The Senate will vote on the Bennett amendment to protect your voice through grassroots groups anytime. Please call your Senators and tell them to vote YES on the Bennett amendment today!
Urge Your Senators to vote YES on the Bennett Amendment!
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