Bird-dog Senator McCain for real reform now!
Given the critical importance of Senator McCain's position as a leading figure on the issue of campaign finance reform, he will be an important factor in shaping reform legislation, which will be marked up in committee this week. While we applaud his obvious passion for reforming the current system, it is clear that Senator McCain's initial proposals do not go far enough. In particular, they do not address the issue of lobbyist campaign fundraising or the need for an independent ethics watchdog.
Therefore, we are urging you to place a phone call to Senator McCain's office as soon as possible. Please thank him for his tireless work on this important issue, but sternly remind him that stronger measures are needed. (The email below can be sent as a follow up to your phone call.) We also encourage you to give us a quick report on how the call went (see link below) – our staff here in Washington are lobbying Sen. McCain on these issues as well, and need to know what he is telling constituents.
The phone number for Senator McCain's Washington office is 202-224-2235. You can also dial the Capitol Hill switchboard at 1-877-762-8762.
Virtual Bird-dogging Script/Questions to Ask:
"Hello, I’m one of Senator McCain's constituents, and I am deeply troubled/very angry about the level of corruption and scandal we are witnessing in Congress. I know that, as a leading figure on the issue of campaign finance reform, the Senator can play a big role in shaping reform legislation, which is in committee this week. I would like to know the Senator’s position on two key issues:
First, does Senator McCain support restrictions on campaign fundraising and contributions by lobbyists? It is clear that a lobbyist like Jack Abramoff gained access and influence through the thousands of dollars he contributed to members of Congress, and by the millions of dollars he channeled to them. Other lobbyists actually serve as fundraising committee chairs for members of Congress. Does the Senator support the vital reform measure of restricting lobbyist campaign fundraising and contributions?
Second, does Senator McCain support an independent watchdog office, such as the Office of Public Integrity in Senator Obama’s bill (S. 2259)? With all the scandals swirling in Congress it is remarkable that the standing ethics committees have taken no action – and it proves that Congress cannot monitor itself on ethics issues. Does the Senator support an independent watchdog office to enforce compliance with ethics rules?"
After you have placed this call, please click here to give us a quick report on how it went.