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Discussion on Campaign Finance Reform with U.S. Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold, March 9th

Loyola press release - March 2, 2001

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Russell Feingold (D-WI)
Discuss Campaign Finance Reform
Live town hall meeting
Friday, March 9, 2001
11:30 a.m., St. Charles Room
Free and open to the public

The Loyola community is encouraged to attend an up-close-and-personal discussion of campaign finance reform with the sponsors of the landmark legislation. Senators McCain and Feingold are brought to campus by a bi-partisan coalition called Americans for Reform. The stop at Loyola is the fourth in a series of nationwide town hall meetings to discuss campaign finance reform. The senators have been to Little Rock, Ark., Northwestern University, and the University of Oklahoma.

The McCain-Feingold bill is aimed at reducing the influence of large contributions in federal campaigns. Its key provision would ban "soft money," unlimited donations to the political parties from corporations, unions, and individuals. The version of the bill introduced to Congress January 22 also would impose new rules on campaign-style ads by outside groups, ads that are largely unregulated.

Americans for Reform is a new group developed to help coordinate strategy and tactics among grassroots organizations involved in the fight to pass meaningful campaign finance reform. The coalition’s growing membership includes traditional reform advocates and new organizations and individuals that, for the first time, are joining the fight to ban soft money. These organization include business groups such as the Committee for Economic Development; religious groups such as Association of Congregations and National Council of Churches; public health groups such as the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); civil right groups; and individuals who are Republican, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives. Learn more by visiting Americans4Reform.com.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at 861-5888.