#20: CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
|In 2001, approximately $3
billion will be spent by candidates, political parties, and outside
issue groups on election campaigning. This money buys influence
-- usually for corporate or land development interests.
|Campaign finance reform is
needed to bring about a return to a government which protects the
long-term interests of all the citizens and the natural environment of
the country and the world.
|In 2000 "stealth PACs,"
including soft money slush funds of Members of Congress, were directed
by Congress to disclose the names of donors. This was an
improvement in campaign finance reform, but it didn't go fare enough.
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs urges Congress and the President to adopt a strong
campaign finance reform bill which does not infringe on the free speech
rights of nonprofit groups.
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