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Letter to Leaders and Managers on Efiling Amendment

Letter to Leaders and Managers on Efiling Amendment

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Letter requesting answer as to why an amendment to require Senators to electronically file their campaign reports did not receive a vote in the STOCK Act
Letter requesting answer as to why an amendment to require Senators to electronically file their campaign reports did not receive a vote in the STOCK Act

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Published by: Sunlight Foundation on Feb 07, 2012
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Senator Harry Reid522 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Senator Mitch McConnell317 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Senator Joseph Lieberman706 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Senator Susan Collins413 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510By electronic and hand deliveryFebruary 7, 2012Dear Senators Reid, McConnell, Lieberman and CollinsLast week, the Senate passed the STOCK Act by an overwhelming majority. TheSunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization devoted to using the power of theInternet to increase government transparency, strongly supports the bill, which will gofar to address possible insider trading by Members of Congress. Unfortunately, we areleft questioning why you failed to allow a vote on a simple amendment that would havealso vastly improved the public perception of Congress. As leaders of the Senate andmanagers of the bill, you failed to require a vote on an amendment that would haverequired Senators and Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign financereports.You allowed at least 18 amendments to be voted on or agreed to. Some, while perhapsimportant, were only tangentially related to the bill’s mission of restoring credibility toCongress. Votes were allowed to prohibit bonuses to executives at Fannie Mae andFreddie Mac, to prevent the creation of overlapping Federal programs, and to extendthe bill’s requirements to executive branch agencies. Yet when it came to ensuringimmediate public access to senate campaign finance information, none of you took theinitiative to insist on a vote.Presidential candidates as well as your counterparts in the House have electronically

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