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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Senate Bill 482

On June 15, 2009, I wrote the following email to U.S. Senator Roland Burris regarding the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act:

I am writing to you as one of your constituents in regard to Senate Bill 482, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act. As you know, this bill would ensure that senators file their campaign finance disclosure reports electronically, just like house members and presidential candidates.
Your co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 482 would help ensure the defeat of an unnecessary and controversial amendment that would, in effect, decrease transparency and accountability by U.S. Senators.
I have called your office several times since March 25, 2009, requesting that you be a co-sponsor of this important piece of legislation, but to date have received no return call. Will you please co-sponsor and vote in favor of S. 482? If you cannot co-sponsor this bill, please let me know why so I can understand.

An explanation of the controversial amendment can be found here. Today, I received the Senator's reply:

Thank you for contacting me regarding government transparency policies and the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (S. 482). I appreciate the benefit of your views.
Federal campaign finance law emphasizes limits on contributions, restrictions on funding sources, and public disclosure of information about fundraising and spending. These goals and others are embodied in the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which remains the cornerstone of the nation's campaign finance law.
Alongside President Obama, Congress has expressed its commitment to transparency and accountability. Transparency in government enables citizens to access important information about their government and provides insight relating to what their elected officials are doing. This accessibility of information creates public engagement, thereby enhancing the effectiveness and quality of the decisions made at the federal level. Ranging from campaign finance reform to oversight of stimulus money, I am dedicated to supporting any policy aimed at disclosing information rapidly so the public can readily find and use it.
I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Illinoisans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Illinois and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics.

I think that's a yes.

Posted by Marie at September 17, 2009 10:24 AM

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