Mark Adam Foley (born September 8, 1954) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives.
He served from 1995 until 2006, representing the 16th District of Florida as a member of the Republican Party, before resigning due to revelations that he had sent sexually explicit messages to teenaged boys who had served as congressional pages.
Foley's legislation to change federal sex offender laws was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, America's Most Wanted host John Walsh and a number of victims' rights groups.
President Bush signed it into law as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
Although a Roman Catholic, Foley is a member of The Republican Majority For Choice.
He introduced a bill, coined the "Child Modeling Exploitation Prevention Act of 2002" to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that "these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles." As it was written, the bill would have prohibited commercial photography of children and it failed due to the unmanageable burden it would have presented to the legitimate entertainment industry.
Foley had raised million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.
In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.
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