Campaign Finance Reform

Members of the Senate debated S.3, the Senate Election Ethics Act, or the Campaign Finance Reform bill. S.3 would set voluntary spending caps,… read more

Members of the Senate debated S.3, the Senate Election Ethics Act, or the Campaign Finance Reform bill. S.3 would set voluntary spending caps, based on each state’s voting age population, on congressional campaigns, and would grant advertising time and mailing privileges to candidates who comply with the spending limits. During the debate on the bill on May 22, the Senate considered several amendments to the original bill. An amendment introduced by Sen. McConnell that would remove public financing for congressional campaigns and voluntary spending limits from the bill was defeated in a vote of 56-42. The Senate also defeated a bill introduced by Sen. Kerry that would allow federal funds to pay for almost all the campaign costs for candidates obeying spending limits in a vote of 39-58. Additional amendments were introduced by Republicans who sought to undermine the original campaign reform bill, with no success. The Senate did pass an amendment introduced by Sen. Wellstone that limited the amount a candidate may contribute to his own campaign to $25,000. The previous day, the Senate also approved an amendment prohibiting members of Congress from gaining additional income through outside speaking fees. close

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Campaign Finance Reform

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Program ID:
18126-1
Category:
Senate Highlight
Format:
Senate Highlight
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 25, 1991 | 8:42am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
May 26, 1991 | 5:51pm EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • May 25, 1991 | 8:42am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 26, 1991 | 5:51pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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