Members of Congress may soon be back in the business of raising soft money, the unlimited corporate and union donations that a 2002 law bans them from collecting for their campaigns.
The National Democratic Redistricting Trust is asking the Federal Election Commission to let lawmakers raise soft money for the legal fights likely to develop as congressional district boundaries are redrawn after this year's census. How a district is drawn — and which voters are included in it — can have a big impact on whether a Democrat or Republican gets elected to represent it.
The Democratic group says lawmakers should be allowed to raise unlimited donations because they wouldn't be used for elections. Members of Congress were banned from raising soft money for elections due to corruption concerns.
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