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Focus on the Family Petitioning For Revisions in Senate Ethics Bill

January 16, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

Seantor Robert Bennett (R-UT) offered an amendment to the Senate ethics bill S.1 last Thursday, to strike the grassroots lobbying provisions laid out in
Section 220
of the bill. And now, churches and related organizations are campaigning for support of the amendment.

The bill as it stands, would require any action that aimed to get 500 or more people to contact their elected officials about an issue, to report quarterly on how much time and money was invested. It is common practice for churches to inform their members on moral issues at stake in pending bills, and to encourage them to contact Congresspeople with their views. According to the Senate ethics bill, this kind of campaigning will be considered a kind of lobbying, and will require appropriate disclosure. Christian groups that reach out to their members to take political action are fearing they “will be tied up in miles of new red tape.” Focus on the Family put up a website where you can sign a petition asking for support of the Bennett amendment.

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