The campaign to can spam is getting the attention of federal lawmakers.
And the basis for the new bill sitting before Congress is anti-spam legislation adopted in California last year.
Under the federal "Can Spain Act" (HR 3113), co-authored by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., Internet service providers would be allowed to take civil action against spammers -- those who send unsolicited commercial e-mail -- for $50 per message, up to $25,000 per day.
Observers say the bill has a strong chance of being approved by Congress in early May.
"At the federal level, there is a pressing concern to control spam," said John Cusey, press secretary for …