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CEOs to Hill: Quit calling us for campaign cash


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of current and former corporate executives are sending Congress a strongly worded message: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.

Roughly 40 executives from companies including Playboy Enterprises, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, the Seagram's liquor company, toymaker Hasbro, Delta Airlines and Men's Wearhouse sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday urging them to approve taxpayer financing for campaigns. They say they are tired of getting fundraising calls from lawmakers -- and fear it will only get worse after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.

The court ruled that corporations and unions can spend unlimited money on ads urging people to vote for or against candidates. The decision was sought by interest groups including one that represents American businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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