October 27, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
The Republicans are more and more blatant with their voter-suppression tactics. Now they're working to ban federal funds to any non-profits that engage in voter-registration activities. See House ... denies voter registration groups ,
The restriction would prohibit nonprofit community groups from getting such money if they have used their own funds for nonpartisan voter registration or get-out-the-vote drives, or, in some cases, lobbying in the last year.Meanwhile "faith-based" and other Republican-supporting organizations are getting more and more Federal funding.
Democrats contended the restriction would deny the poor the right to vote. They also portrayed the plan as part of an effort by conservatives that eventually could mean that such groups might not be able to get any dollars from any federal program in the future.
Supporting the Democrats’ position were civil rights organizations, unions and faith-based groups, including the NAACP, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Jewish Committee.
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