Key Votes

HR 417 - Campaign Finance Reform bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Lamar Smith voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Bill Sent To Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (252-177) - (Key vote)

Title: Campaign Finance Reform bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that implements reforms in the ways that politicians can raise money and regulates how unions, state political parties, and national political parties can distribute money to individual politicians.

  • Bans soft money contributions to national political parties.
  • Prohibits political parties from making coordinated contributions with a candidate unless the candidate agrees to limit personal spending to $50,000.
  • Raises aggregate individual limit from $25,000 to $30,000 annually.
  • Raises annual contribution limit for individual contributions to state committees of political parties from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • Limits free mail service, or franking privilege for members of Congress during an election year.
  • Prohibits political fundraising activity on federal property.
  • Prohibits people who are ineligible to vote from making contributions in federal, state or local elections.
  • Enhances disclosure requirements for groups conducting "issue advocacy" advertising or targeting a specific candidate.
  • Stipulates that labor organizations must give non-members who pay dues an opportunity to object to specific political activities funded by dues collections.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Campaign Finance Reform bill


  • Christopher H. Shays (CT - R) (Out Of Office)