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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Congress Votes Against Internet Exemption

Intrepid campaign reformer Gary Kalman of US PIRG reports via telephone that the U.S. House of Representatives is voting against H.R. 1606, a bill which, as we reported yesterday, would exempt the internet from campaign finance laws. Members of Congress didn't get to the vote until somewhat late tonight, as many were in Detroit paying respects to Rosa Parks.

When they did get back, a strong bipartisan group of more than 180 and rising had voted against the bill. Because the bill was on the suspension calendar, it needed a two-thirds vote (something around 290 votes) to pass.

Tonight's vote may bode well for reformers's future efforts to prevent the internet from being a huge loophole for big money to pour into politics.

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