The League joined a letter with other coalition partners in opposition of riders to HR 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. The riders would ensure that big money and special interests continue to dominate the political system.


June 22, 2016

Dear Representative:

A number of money-in-politics related amendments have been made in order for the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (HR 5485). To help ensure that big-moneyed special interests cannot continue to dominate our political system, our organizations strongly encourage you to vote for the Becerra, Kildee, DeSaulnier, and Yarmuth amendments to vote against the Amodei/Westmoreland amendment.

Our organizations include Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, CREW, Democracy 21, Demos, Issue One, League of Women Voters, People For the American Way, Public Citizen and Represent.Us.


  • Becerra amendment #43, which strikes section 127, which prevents the IRS from issuing guidance to more clearly define political activity for 501(c)(4) organizations.
  • Kildee amendment #127, which strikes section 625 of the bill, a provision that prevents the SEC from developing or finalizing a rule that requires the disclosure of political contributions to tax exempt organizations.
  • DeSaulnier amendment #128, which strikes section 735 (a provision that would block the President from issuing an executive order relating to contractor disclosure of political spending).
  • Yarmuth amendment #66, which prohibits funds from being used in contravention of Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934 (political disclosure at the FCC).
  • We urge you to oppose the Amodei/Westmoreland amendment and support the Becerra (#43), Kildee (#127), DeSaulnier (#128), and Yarmuth (#66) amendments to the FSGG Appropriations Act.


  • Amodei/Westmoreland amendment #29, which prohibits funds from being used to enforce the requirement in section 316(b)(4)(D) of the Federal Election Campaign Act that solicitation of contribution from member corporations’ stockholders or personnel from a trade association be separately and specifically approved by the member corporation involved prior to the solicitation, and that such member corporations does not approve any such solicitation by more than one trade association in any calendar year.


Campaign Legal Center
Common Cause
Democracy 21
Issue One
League of Women Voters
People For the American Way
Public Citizen