To not vote for the Republican party (or the Democrats, for that matter):
Online political expression should not be exempt from campaign finance law, the House decided Wednesday as lawmakers warned that the Internet has opened up a new loophole for uncontrolled spending on elections.
The House voted 225-182 for a bill that would have excluded blogs, e-mails and other Internet communications from regulation by the Federal Election Commission. That was 47 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed under a procedure that limited debate time and allowed no amendments.
The vote in effect clears the way for the FEC to move ahead with court-mandated rule-making to govern political speech and campaign spending on the Internet.
The roll call of the vote can be found here, and you can see whether your Representative failed you. Alan Mollahan, my representative, voted against it, while Nick Rahall and Shelley Moore Capito voted for the bill. At any rate, after a closer look at the roll call vote, a clearer portrait of my predicament as a voter could not be painted.
179 Republicans voted for the bill, 38 voted against. 46 Democrats voted vor the bill, 143 voted against. The bill was vigorously opposed by Chris Shays, a moderate, and received the majority of its support from the more conservative members of the Republican caucus. The majority of Democrats opposed it.
Once again, on an issue I really care about, the only support I can find is among the more conservative wing of the caucus- the group who also gives me all the agita over their social votes. The moderates and the Democrats, who I generally agree with on social isses- nowhere to be found, or overtly opposing the bill. This is not unlike last week, when Tom Coburn and a small gang of Senators attempted, and failed, to remove a bunch of pork (the Don Young ‘Road to Nowhere’ and other projects) from spending bills and have it either removed or applied to the Katrina relief packages. That failed (91-9, if I rememb er correctly), with the only support coming the firebreathing social cons).
And, as is usually the case on issues that matter to me, the Democrats are even worse. In this current system, I literally have the worst of both worlds on any issue that matters to me. At least I can take solace in that a majority of the House supported this bill, leading the way to future bills with a chance of passing.