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Victory for Voters

On March 27, President Bush signed into law the Campaign Reform Act, a long-awaited overhaul of campaign financing regulations.

Among other things, the Campaign Reform Act will ban the use of unregulated soft money - huge, unlimited and unreported donations from corporations and wealthy individuals - by the national parties.

Passage is a victory for environmental and public interest groups, including the Sierra Club, which worked in support of campaign finance reform.

"Americans care about the environment and don't want their elections beholden to corporate polluters," says Deanna White, the Sierra Club's deputy political director. "The Campaign Reform Act is a critical first step toward taking our elections back from special interests."

Carl Pope, executive director of the Club, concurs. "When Congress listens to voters rather than to corporations, they'll hear that Americans want to drink clean water, breathe clean air and marvel at beautiful landscapes."

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