|WASHINGTON-- June 28, 2000 - The
John E. Moss Foundation bestowed its highest honor today, the first annual
"John E. Moss Public Service Award", on Senator McCain of Arizona for courage,
independence and dedication to the public interest. The award was
presented by Congressman John D. Dingell, a close friend of Mr. Moss, Chairman
of the Moss Foundation and senior member of the House of Representatives.
"John McCain demonstrated
courage and patriotism long before he ever came to the U.S. Senate," said
Michael R. Lemov, Foundation president. "His service as a military
officer in time of war is well known and his tenure in the Senate has been
characterized by unwavering commitment to improving the electoral process
by eliminating the excessive influence of money on campaigns."
"Despite differing opinions
from some in political life, Senator McCain is the leading sponsor of the
McCain-Feingold legislation," added Lemov. "In both word and deed
he continues to advocate the fight for reform in our voting system for
the benefit of ordinary citizens. That's why we have named him the
first recipient of the John E. Moss award."
John Moss, who represented
Sacramento, California from 1953-1978, prided himself as a representative
of all Americans, always standing up for the rights of the individual against
special interests or the power of government. He was described when
he died in 1997 as "almost the prototypical congressman in terms of serving
the people" and a "seeker of justice wherever he found it."
The legacy of Mr. Moss' work
includes the landmark 1966 Freedom of Information Act, which gave individual
citizens access to government documents on demand; the Consumer Product
Safety Act of 1970; and amendments to the Securities Act in 1975, which
served as precursor to NASDAQ, the national electronic market.
Mr. Moss inspired great
loyalty among his own staff. In August 1998 Lemov and Kathleen B.
Benson, former administrative assistant to the Congressman, with the help
of Members of Congress and friends of Mr. Moss co-founded The John E. Moss
foundation to honor his memory.
The purpose of the John
E. Moss Public Service Award is to keep alive the qualities by which Mr.
Moss lived. Criteria for award selection are:
Courage in advocating and maintaining
Commitment to representing the broadest
Accomplishments in promoting effective,
open and compassionate government
Demonstrated concern for improving opportunities
for the disadvantaged
Independence of judgment
Promotion of government accountability
The Moss Foundation doesn't
endorse specific legislative positions of any individual award recipient
but acknowledges integrity and courage in the public stances of elected