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RELIGIOUS LEADERS URGE SENATE TO PASS MCCAIN-FEINGOLD BILL UNAMENDED
News Conference 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20
U.S. Senate Swamp, Washington, D.C.

Broad coalition of clergy will insist that campaign finance reform is
"much more than a political or economic matter."

March 19, 2001, Washington, D.C. -- In preparation for two weeks of debate on the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2001 (S. 27), a coalition of leaders of major national religious denominations plans to call upon members of Congress to support reform of current campaign finance laws.

A press conference will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Senate Swamp, Washington, D.C., with:

These representatives are part of Religious Leaders for Campaign Finance Reform, a group of leaders from more than 20 Christian denominations or churches and from the Reform Jewish Movement and the Unitarian Universalist Association. U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) also will speak.

The religious leaders' coalition specifically endorses the McCain-Feingold bill in the Senate (S. 27) and the Shays-Meehan Bill in the House (H.R. 380) as the first steps toward comprehensive reform. The coalition recently distributed a letter to the Senate from 286 religious leaders—including 86 Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal and Roman Catholic Bishops from 44 states, 20 United Church of Christ Conference Ministers and the President of the Reform Jewish Movement’s synagogue arm—urging support for the reform of current campaign finance laws. Insisting that campaign finance reform is "much more than a political or economic matter," the religious leaders urge members of the Senate to help society "regain its ethical footing" by setting an example and supporting meaningful campaign finance reform.

Religious Leaders for Campaign Finance Reform is an active partner of Americans For Reform, an umbrella coalition of groups supporting the McCain-Feingold bill. The press conference Tuesday is part of a week of events in support of the McCain-Feingold legislation.

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