Congress Looks to Limit 527s

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According to The Hill Democratic leaders are beginning to look at ways to limit the influence of independent "527" groups whose relatively unregulated activities are growing more influential each election cycle. This interest in imposing limits on 527s comes as a number of other measures are being considered to reduce the influence of money on congressional elections, including Senator Richard Durbin's (D-IL) anticipated congressional public financing bill.

 

As Joan Claybrook, of Public Citizen, notes toward the end of the article, a large number of congressmen and women are signers of the Voters First Pledge to clean up Congress, and with the next election season already underway, they know voters in their districts will be looking at their record in terms of living up to the promises in the Pledge (like supporting lobbyist restrictions, and full public financing of campaigns).