McCain's Reform Institute Supports Illinois Proposals

For Immediate Release Contact: Crystal Benton
Thursday, May 12, 2005 703-535-6897

Reform Institute Applauds Plan to Apply
McCain-Feingold Reforms in Illinois

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Reform Institute, a nonpartisan government reform organization, today commented on Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s proposed comprehensive state-level plan to enact reforms similar to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as McCain-Feingold:

“The proposal by Governor Blagojevich is a major step toward bringing transparency and accountability to Illinois politics by limiting the amount of unregulated money in state elections,” said Richard Davis, President of the Reform Institute. “This is sure to be a tough fight. It’s vital to the success of this legislation that the sponsors adhere to the bipartisan principles set forth by McCain-Feingold.”

Cecilia Martinez, Executive Director of the Reform Institute, commended the Governor’s efforts and called attention to legislation currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives: “If passed, the Pence-Wynn bill will undermine current campaign finance law by bringing us back to a system where federal officeholders could once again solicit huge sums of money for federal elections. We applaud state leaders who reject this unfair practice and are reforming state campaign finance systems to reflect what is right. Federal office holders must stand up to the big money and do the same.”

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The Reform Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization representing an independent, thoughtful voice for reform in the campaign finance and election administration debates.