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The 527 Fairness Act, sponsored by Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Albert Wynn (D-Md.), is being taken to task with a new Web site launched Tuesday by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.).

The Web site — the “Stop Pence-Wynn Resource Center” — includes information on the proposed legislation and how it could roll back aspects of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, which was passed in 2002 with the co-sponsorship of several Members including Meehan.

[IMGCAP(1)]“The more people know about the Pence-Wynn bill, the fewer votes it will receive,” Meehan said in a statement.

Pence-Wynn would undo many of the post-Watergate changes that have served as the structural underpinning of campaign finance laws.

Its sponsors believe that robust political parties able to raise larger sums of hard money will effectively reduce the influence of 527s — the largely unregulated entities that spent freely during the 2004 presidential election.

Meehan is separately co-sponsoring a measure with Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) that would tighten ethics and lobbying restrictions on Members of Congress.

Library Award. Gil Baldwin, the Government Printing Office’s director of national bibliography planning, was honored this past weekend with the American Library Association’s James Bennett Childs Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to the library field.

Baldwin, who began working at the GPO as a cataloger, is currently helping to develop the Federal Depository Library Program’s electronic collection system as well as the GPO’s Future Digital System, a new world-class information management initiative.

Public Printer Bruce James and Judy Russell, the GPO’s superintendent of documents, were on hand Sunday when Baldwin received the award, which is named for James Bennett Childs, a longtime documents bibliographer for the Library of Congress. It was given at the 2005 American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table reception at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois.

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