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Chaldeans Can Help Pass Senate Bill S. 223 — Cast Light Onto Darkness
By Chaldean Caucus :: Friday, August 8, 2008 :: 53672 Views :: Government & Society, Chaldean Caucus

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill -- S. 223 -- that would require senators to disclose their campaign contributions electronically, just like the House and presidential candidates have been doing for years. The Center for Responsive Politics, Sunlight Foundation and other transparency advocates have been pushing hard to get this bill passed this session, and they now have more than 40 co-sponsors of the bill.

The Chaldean Caucus needs your help to get it passed into law.  Chaldean readers need to make two quick phone calls to your senators. Our pro-transparency coalition has set up so you can easily make the calls and report back what you hear. 

Go to to urge the Senate to pass this bill without any amendments. The site leads you through simple steps on how to do it, and it even includes a suggested script. Then you can report back and let everyone know how the call went.

Here's some more information on the bill:

The Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act -- S. 223 -- is straightforward, 'no-brainer' legislation that must be passed. Senate campaigns, unlike House or presidential campaigns, file reports on paper. S. 223 would require senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically to the Federal Election Commission.

Currently, senators file their reports with the Secretary of the Senate, who then prints them out and delivers the reports in paper to the FEC. The FEC then must input them into their computer databases to be accessed by the public online. This process takes months, and it costs taxpayers about half a million dollars every election.

It also means that well-heeled donors can bundle contributions in the final, critical weeks of a campaign  providing the funds necessary for last-minute negative attack ads or push polls  with absolute anonymity.

It would mean a lot to the Chaldean community if you could make a couple quick calls to your Senator. The bill is supported by Chaldean Caucus and has a total of 45 co-sponsors. Let's increase that number. 

Of the two Senators in Michigan, Sen. Levin is in full support while Democratic Sen. Stabenow continues to hide information.  Michigan citizens can call her DC Office at (202) 224-4822 or her Michigan office at (313) 961-4330 and simply state:

“I am calling to ask Senator Stabenow to support S. 223, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act. This straightforward bill will ensure that senators file their campaign finance disclosure reports electronically, just like House members and Presidential candidates.

Will Senator Stabenow cosponsor or vote in favor of S. 223, and if not, why not?"

Then visit and report their response. 

Tell your friends, too. Pass it on. Pass S. 223.

Thank you for all that your help in trying to make our government more honest, efficient, transparent, and accountable.

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA


Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.