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House Proceeding 04-05-06 on Apr 5th, 2006 :: 0:04:52 to 0:11:18
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Bill Shuster

0:04:32 to 0:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Shuster: 527 groups spending money to influence federal elections, to register as federal political committees, and comply with federal campaign finance laws. including limits on the contributions they

John Kline

0:04:52 to 0:05:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: receive. thus 527 groups would be subject to the same restrictions applicable to federal political action committees. there would be no more $23 million soft money contributions for a lone

John Kline

0:04:52 to 0:11:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Kline

John Kline

0:05:05 to 0:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: extremely wealthy donor allowed. when this bill passes, individuals will be limited to $30,000. in other words, soft, unregulated money will be replaced by hard, regulated money which will be

John Kline

0:05:19 to 0:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: reported to the federal elections commission. those 527's that engage exclusively in state or local elections or in ballot initiatives would not be restricted by this bill. however, if

John Kline

0:05:33 to 0:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: they decide to engage in federal election activity such as making public communications that promote, support, attack, or oppose a federal candidate during the year prior to a federal election,

John Kline

0:05:46 to 0:06:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: or conducting voter drive activities in connection with an election, in which a federal candidate appears on the ballot, they will be restricted by this bill. in other words, state and local will

John Kline

0:06:00 to 0:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: be free to act as they have in the past. those dealing with federal candidates or issues will be restricted by the bill and we have to use hard money. h.r. 513 would also impose new allocation

John Kline

0:06:15 to 0:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: rules on 527 groups regarding expenses for federal and nonfederal activities. for instance, 100% of expenses for public communications or voter drive activities that refer only to a federal candidate

John Kline

0:06:28 to 0:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: would have to be paid for with hard money. if both federal and nonfederal candidates were mentioned, then at least 50% of such expenses would have to be paid for with hard money. in addition,

John Kline

0:06:45 to 0:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: under h.r. 513 at least 50% of a 527 group's administrative overhead expenses would have to be paid for with hard money. this bill, h.r. 513, has been endorsed by the reform community

John Kline

0:07:01 to 0:07:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: and rightfully so. common cause, democracy 21, the campaign legal center, and other like-minded reform groups have sent several letters to house members asking them to support h.r. 513. in

John Kline

0:07:16 to 0:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: the letter sent just this week these groups argued that h.r. 513 is needed in order to, quote, close the loophole that allowed both democratic and republican 527 groups to spend hundreds of

John Kline

0:07:30 to 0:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: millions of dollars in unlimited soft money to influence the 2004 presidential and congressional elections, end quote. and by like to offer a copy of that letter for inclusion in the

John Kline

0:07:39 to 0:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ehlers: i know many of my friends on the other side of the aisle are usually interested in what "the new york times" has to say on

John Kline

0:07:52 to 0:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: these issues so by like to include some editorials from the times as well and an editorial from today's "washington post" also calls on the house to pass this bill and i ask that all those

John Kline

0:08:01 to 0:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: editorials be entered into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ehlers: i expect many of my friends on the other side of the aisle will -- will be arguing that bcra

John Kline

0:08:17 to 0:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: should not be applied to 527's because they are independent organizations and have no connections to officeholders. the claim will be that we have a ready -- already severed the link between large donors

John Kline

0:08:31 to 0:08:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: and federal officeholders. this is nonsense. this is bunk. the 527's that have soaked up all this soft money were in many cases set up and staffed by former party operatives and congressional

John Kline

0:08:47 to 0:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: staffers. in some cases, federal officeholders attended fundraising events for these 527's in an attempt to grant an official stamp of approval and signal to their donors whether soft money donations

John Kline

0:09:00 to 0:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: should be steered. i don't intend to name names but i will include in the record a number of articles that describe how 527's have been set up by people who used to work for federal officeholders

John Kline

0:09:11 to 0:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: or national parties. is a the soft money shell game we spawned four years ago is clearly demonstrated in these articles. they demonstrate that these so-called, quote, independent, end quote,

John Kline

0:09:26 to 0:09:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: 357s are in many cases independent in name only. in reality, they have been set up by people who used to work for our parties. they left to organize 527's to escape the restrictions bcra

John Kline

0:09:38 to 0:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: placed on the parties. had their candidate for the presidency won, many of them would be working in the administration. wouldn't they feel indebted to the millionaire donors who helped put

John Kline

0:09:53 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: them in office? isn't that what bcra was supposed to stop? let's stop pretending that these 527's are anything other than campaign organizations established to influence our federal elections.

John Kline

0:10:07 to 0:10:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: this is not the first time congress has dealt with the 527 issue. in fact, some time ago, six years ago, to be exact, "roll call" reported on the debate that was going on at the time and included

John Kline

0:10:22 to 0:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: a quote from a powerful congressional leader of the time. in 2000, 527's did not have any disclosure requirements and a bill was pending to require them to disclose their donors. at an event rally

John Kline

0:10:36 to 0:10:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: -- pardon me at an event held to rally support for the bill, this leader was quoted as saying now, more than ever, we need to assure the american people that we are not willing to let our

John Kline

0:10:50 to 0:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: system of government be put in jeopardy by wealthy special interests unregulated foreign money, and most importantly, a system of secrecy. it is time for disclosure. the leader who said these words

John Kline

0:11:03 to 0:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: was minority leader richard gephardt. we passed a disclosure bill then but the problem of wealthy special interest money jeopardizing our system of government has only gotten worse in the ensuing

G. K. Butterfield

0:11:18 to 0:11:35( Edit History Discussion )

G. K. Butterfield: six years and i suspect the minority leader would say the same thing today. not extending the contributions restrictions in bcra to all 527's was a terrible mistake that we are today seeking

G. K. Butterfield

0:11:18 to 0:14:27( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: G. K. Butterfield

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