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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – By a 60-40 vote, the Senate today passed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation. Senator Murray, a longtime supporter of campaign reform, voted for the bill.

"In recent years, it has become clear that our campaign finance system is broken," said Murray. "It has become harder for average citizens to be heard because their voices are being drowned out. It has become harder for citizens of average means to even run for office.

"Today's vote is a step forward in restoring the public's faith and the public's voice in our government."

During the debate on the bill in April 2001, Murray outlined five principles for reform: reducing the amount of money in politics, ensuring average voters have a voice, increasing disclosure requirements for those who influence elections, ensuring Americans of all means can run for office, and making it easier to vote and know your vote will be counted.

A longtime advocate for Campaign Reform, Murray served on the Leadership Task Force on Campaign Reform (1997) and proposed an amendment for full disclosure in 1998. In her 1998 reelection campaign Murray went and above and beyond the legal requirements, and disclosed the names of all her supporters, whether they contributed $5 or $500.