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Congress is Responsible to the Grassroots, Not the Reverse

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

The adage “the devil is in the details” certainly applies to the first piece of legislation debated on the Senate floor during the 110th Congress, Senate Bill 1. Of particular concern is Section 220, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007.

The title might suggest the bill’s intent, but this is a Trojan horse. Hidden within this lengthy, complex and multifaceted proposal are provisions that could be catastrophic for grassroots organizations such as the Center for Moral Clarity. Section 220 of Senate Bill 1 would hinder voters from participating in their government by imposing regulatory and reporting requirements – with the risk of heavy penalties – on groups that spend money to reach more than 500 people for the purpose of encouraging grassroots activity.

An amendment offered by Sen. Sam Bennett, R-Utah, would strip Section 220 from the bill.
Click here to urge your senators to vote for the Bennett Amendment, which would remove Section 220 from Senate Bill 1.

“CMC stands behind efforts to reform lobbying activities, if those changes genuinely diminish the culture of corruption that has tarnished Americans’ image of the political process,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act does not accomplish this objective. Instead of reining in abuse, this bill would effectively gag and silence citizens for encouraging others to simply contact a member of Congress with an opinion about an issue.”

There is a tremendous difference between organizations like CMC communicating with voters about a pending bill and registered lobbyists taking a congressman out to dinner or paying for a weekend excursion. The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, however, treats them the same.

Consequently, if this bill becomes law, grassroots organizations would be required to track and report every discussion with an elected official, as well as every article written on legislation. Those failing to file lobbying reports to Congress would face fines up to $100,000.

This is absurd. The grassroots of America are not responsible to Congress. Rather, Congress is responsible to the grassroots.



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