RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE PROPOSED ILLEGAL FOREIGN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS ACT

WHEREAS , the U.S. House of Representatives voted on March 30, 1998 to make all political contributions and independent expenditures by U.S. permanent residents illegal in the "Illegal Foreign Political Contributions Act" (H.R.34);

WHEREAS, legal permanent residents are required to pay taxes to the United States government, abide by the U.S. laws, and serve in the U.S. armed forces;

WHEREAS, legal permanent residents, as natural persons, are entitled to the exercise of political speech protected by the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Buckley v. Valeo 424 U.S. 1(1976) that political contributions and independent expenditures constitute a form of political speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution;

WHEREAS, current federal election laws already prohibit laundering money from foreign companies and governments into U.S. election campaigns, 2 U.S.C. Sec. 441(f);

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association opposes legislative efforts such as the "Illegal Foreign Contributions Act" to deny legal immigrants their First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association authorizes its Chancellor to take those steps to inform the legislature, its members, the public, and the other bar associations as they deem consistent with this resolution.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: July 22, 1998