As you read this, the Senate is debating legislation that will silence many grassroots organizations, some bloggers included. Please take immediate action to stop this from happening.
S 1, the “Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007,” by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and 16 other co-sponsors, has a major Trojan Horse.
Section 220 of this bill requires grassroots communications to be subject to onerous registration and reporting requirements that actually exceed what is required of the big Washington, D.C. lobbyists. This makes no sense and can even those small grassroots voices like mine and others.
Please take a minute as soon as you can find a spare one and contact both of your U.S. Senators. In Kentucky, those senators are Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning. Since McConnell is a co-sponsor, it will be a tough sell but I know ConservaChick readers are smart cookies. Jim Bunning, on the other hand, has been a great voice for us lately and he will be very likely to listen.
They can be reached through their local office near you or through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
When calling each Senator, ask to speak to the person of the staff who is responsible for S 1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007. Please ask them to do everything in their power to get Section 220, regulating grassroots communications, removed from S 1.
This matter is extremely urgent because it could come to a vote on the Senate floor in the next few days–or even the next few hours.