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President Signs CFR Act, Statement by the President 3/27/2002
whitehouse ^ | 3/27/2002 | President George W. Bush

Posted on 03/27/2002 6:23:59 PM PST by TLBSHOW

President Signs Campaign Finance Reform Act


Statement by the President

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2356, the "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002." I believe that this legislation, although far from perfect, will improve the current financing system for Federal campaigns.

The bill reforms our system of financing campaigns in several important ways. First, it will prevent unions and corporations from making unregulated, "soft" money contri-butions -- a legislative step for which I repeatedly have called.

Often, these groups take political action without the consent of their members or shareholders, so that the influence of these groups on elections does not necessarily comport with the actual views of the individuals who comprise these organizations. This prohibition will help to right that imbalance.

Second, this law will raise the decades-old limits on giving imposed on individuals who wish to support the candidate of their choice, thereby advancing my stated principle that election reform should strengthen the role of individual citizens in the political process.

Third, this legislation creates new disclosure requirements and compels speedier compliance with existing ones, which will promote the free and swift flow of information to the public regarding the activities of groups and individuals in the political process.

I long have believed that complete and immediate disclosure of the source of campaign contributions is the best way to reform campaign finance.

These provisions of the bill will go a long way toward fixing some of the most pressing problems in campaign finance today. They will result in an election finance system that encourages greater individual participation, and provides the public more accurate and timely information, than does the present system. All of the American electorate will benefit from these measures to strengthen our democracy.

However, the bill does have flaws. Certain provisions present serious constitutional concerns. In particular, H.R. 2356 goes farther than I originally proposed by preventing all individuals, not just unions and corporations, from making donations to political parties in connection with Federal elections.

I believe individual freedom to participate in elections should be expanded, not diminished; and when individual freedoms are restricted, questions arise under the First Amendment.

I also have reservations about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising, which restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on issues of public import in the months closest to an election. I expect that the courts will resolve these legitimate legal questions as appropriate under the law.

As a policy matter, I would have preferred a bill that included a provision to protect union members and shareholders from involuntary political activities undertaken by their leadership.

Individuals have a right not to have their money spent in support of candidates or causes with which they disagree, and those rights should be better protected by law. I hope that in the future the Congress and I can work together to remedy this defect of the current financing structure.

This legislation is the culmination of more than 6 years of debate among a vast array of legislators, citizens, and groups. Accordingly, it does not represent the full ideals of any one point of view.

But it does represent progress in this often-contentious area of public policy debate. Taken as a whole, this bill improves the current system of financing for Federal campaigns, and therefore I have signed it into law.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

March 27, 2002.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cfr; cfrlist; presidentbush; silenceamerica
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There you have it, from the President. The law will take care of the concerns and he does have concerns. Like putting an end to this once and for all.

Democrats will not take away the American People's Free Speech with CFR

Can you believe it? Almost all the democrats voted to take Free Speech away from the American people during an election and tried to do this while a war was going on? A war that is on our soil, having been attacked here in New York and in DC during the attack on America on September 11th.

This is un-heard of in American History.

You see the american people can grasp the words Free and speech. When they find out what the democrats attempted to do using CFR to take away Free Speech. What do you think will happen to the democrats. They will be spit on as traitors.

The American people will not only praise the President and despise the democrats. They will see to it the democrats are destroyed and defeated in November.

The President thinks it should be sent to the courts to resolve his concerns and under the law he is free to do that. The court will finish it off, once and for all. He has stood up for the principal of Free Speech. Tells the American people just what the democrats tried to do and why he is going to stop it by which ever means he decides is best.

The democrats can not stand up against a Patriotic people and take Free Speech away during a time of war to save this country from people that want to kill us. Without paying a price which is to be sent so far back by the voters that they will think they are just trying to start up their party.

TLBSHOW

1 posted on 03/27/2002 6:23:59 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Was there confirmation of an earlier post that stated the Solicitor General would not be defending against legal challenges, but private attorneys hired by McCain?
2 posted on 03/27/2002 6:28:57 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Scholastic
YAWN...we saw this one coming. Just how will the Cheerleaders, Kool-Aid drinkers, and Lemmings react? The suspense is nearly killing me.

Better yet, will George wear a navy blue, red, grey, or baby-blue tie tomorrow? Or even more engaging...will he and Laura color-coordinate tomorrow?

3 posted on 03/27/2002 6:30:20 PM PST by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: TLBSHOW
Hes a traitor I hope Sandra is in a good mood when she hears the case...
4 posted on 03/27/2002 6:35:21 PM PST by weikel
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To: TLBSHOW
So what if he has reservations about some parts?

He signed it, so now he's to blame for all of it.

Oh well. Never did like Bush anyway. Not when I voted for him. Not after 9/11. Not during his state of the union. Never.

I hate the Dems more, but that's about all I can say for Bush.

5 posted on 03/27/2002 6:37:52 PM PST by Commie Basher
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To: TLBSHOW
Oh please, son. Your party passed this out of the House. Bush signed it. Now you're trying to blame this on the democrats? People who can think without turning on a TV will spit on Bush, the republicans and the democrats for this. There's no way to distance your party from this one.
6 posted on 03/27/2002 6:39:22 PM PST by Twodees
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To: weikel
For some, the worn path of mediocrity is preferable to actually standing up for what's right according to one's principles and beliefs.

Signing this garbage and then hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will revoke the bad stuff is a shaky strategy at best. Not only that, but it is the coward's way out. Perhaps we are all getting what was asked for, even I voted for Bush and now regret it.

7 posted on 03/27/2002 6:40:26 PM PST by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist;weikel
Rats are funny things. They scurry here and there in search of what they want to hear. Then they get together with other rats and plot and plot about how to bring the President down. When they have been snookered they yell and scream and swear like the 5 year olds they are.

Did you know you are being used by the demorats? Unless of course you are one. In that case you know what you are trying to do.

8 posted on 03/27/2002 6:41:37 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Blaming the Democrats for our problems and then ignoring the traitors within our own party is naive and downright stupid.
9 posted on 03/27/2002 6:42:21 PM PST by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: TLBSHOW
The president is a jerk!

Asked whether he signed the bill with no fanfare because he was displeased with its contents, the Associated Press reported Bush as saying, "I wouldn't have signed it if I was really unhappy. I think this bill improves the system."

...and a fool! He is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

10 posted on 03/27/2002 6:44:10 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: TLBSHOW
I really liked him at the end of the Afghan campaign don't call me a Democrat.
11 posted on 03/27/2002 6:47:40 PM PST by weikel
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To: TLBSHOW
He still signed it, in spite of his oath to support and defend the Constitution (surprise, surprise), which includes Article I, Section 8 (enumerated powers), as well as Amendments 1, 9, and 10. Even if he bombs the U.N. secretariat in New York (pursuant to a declaration of war against them, of course), initiates the abolition of all unonstitutional laws (which would include reversing this one), and wipes out every last terrorist on the face of this earth, I still won't vote for him ever again as long as he lives! Even the Hildabeast running in '04 won't scare me into voting for him again. He is no friend of freedom.
12 posted on 03/27/2002 6:48:31 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: RAT Patrol
Then he "speaks with forked tongue."
13 posted on 03/27/2002 6:49:36 PM PST by Graewoulf
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To: Twodees
Kinda reminiscent of Daddy breaking his "no new taxes" pledge, eh?
14 posted on 03/27/2002 6:49:51 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: *CFR list;*Silence, America!

15 posted on 03/27/2002 6:50:34 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: gov_bean_ counter
I had not heard that. Maybe someone else can help us answer that one. I did hear McCain will get the pen that W. used to rip threw the signing of McCains and the democrats bill that takes away Free Speech. What a dumb bunch of democrats that think the American people will sit back and have Free Speech taken from them. Even dumber if they think they can bring the conservatives to their knees.

That is a job for Monica on Bill. LOL

16 posted on 03/27/2002 6:51:55 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
"Rats are funny things. They scurry here and there in search of what they want to hear. Then they get together with other rats and plot and plot about how to bring the President down. When they have been snookered they yell and scream and swear like the 5 year olds they are."

I appreciated your little analogy, it was the usual vapid crowing by an obviously rabid Bush Cheerleader; I suppose you are the one at the top of the pryamid chanting "Go Team Bush" while your base is crumbling right from under you.

I will not support a President that signs bills which further erode our already dwindling constitutional rights. But you would rather complain about one half of the problem, instead of attacking the problem as whole--politicians who don't care about the Constitution or their base who elected them to office. These gutless politicians also happen to include Republicans, but you would rather only attack democrats, because your partisanship gets in the way of what is best for the country. Your current strategy is a Catch-22 and is paving the way to a slow, but sure political death.

Funny things Lemmings are, how they follow each other blindly down the slippery slope to their death, without even considering the ramifications before hand.

17 posted on 03/27/2002 6:51:56 PM PST by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: TLBSHOW
Did you know you are being used by the demorats? Unless of course you are one. In that case you know what you are trying to do.

Did you know you are being used by scumbag establishment politicians? Unless of course you are one. In that case you know what you are trying to do.

18 posted on 03/27/2002 6:52:15 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Well okay if he takes all those actions you described I'd probably vote for him.
19 posted on 03/27/2002 6:53:02 PM PST by weikel
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To: TLBSHOW
The President had an obligation and a duty to veto this very flawed bill. Just saying that there are problems is easy. Doing the right thing is sometimes hard. Theories of brilliant political strategy taking place by signing this bill are no comfort to me. He had a responsibility that he did not fulfill.

Although still my President, he has been diminished in my eyes for not taking a more principled stand. I expected better.

Now if he signs an illegal alien amnesty, he will no longer get my vote in 2004. That is because taking two non principled stands in a row tells me he is no longer trustworthy with the office he holds.

Abrogation of free speech and an unwillingness to defend this nation from an illegal alien invasion are two extremely important items that will determine whether this Republic survives in the 21st century. If he doesn't see it, he won't be getting any support from me.

20 posted on 03/27/2002 6:53:23 PM PST by exit82
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