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1/19/2007 11:21:05 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Victory for Grassroots Lobbying--Bennett Amendment Passes Senate

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January 19, 2007

HSLDA: Victory for Grassroots Lobbying--
Bennett Amendment Passes Senate

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last night, the U.S. Senate approved the Bennett amendment by a vote
of 55-43. American citizens will remain free to organize and contact
their congressional representatives without being forced to comply
with federal regulation and oversight.

We have reports from Congress that your outpouring of calls made the
difference.

Thank you so much for making the time and sacrifice to call your U.S.
Senators asking them to support the Bennett Amendment to Senate Bill 1
(S. 1), the "Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007."

The Bennett amendment removed section 220, the grassroots lobbying
provision, from S. 1. Section 220 would have redefined lobbying to
include "paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying." Entities
that engaged in grassroots lobbying would have had to comply with all
federal lobbying disclosure laws, including registration with Congress
and the filing of quarterly reports to Congress, or face serious
consequences.

With the successful passage of the Bennett amendment, the Senate's
attempt to place federal control over virtually all grassroots
lobbying activity has been defeated.

Immediately after the Bennett amendment passed, S. 1 was passed with
amendments by a vote of 96-2.

HSLDA will continue to watch as this legislation goes to the House of
Representatives. It is possible that a House version of this bill
will again attempt to regulate grassroots lobbying. We will notify
you if more calls are necessary.

The Bennett amendment would not have passed without the calls and
support of you and millions of other concerned citizens. The senators
who supported the amendment were very thankful for your calls and
credited them with this victory.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith
President, HSLDA

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