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Campaign Finance Reform

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With the economy still in crisis and Congress bracing for major policy fights over health care and energy regulation, it's hard to see how an obscure issue like public financing for political campaigns could win much traction. But a growing chorus of campaign finance reform advocates insist that this is their moment. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are poised to introduce bills to publicly fund not only presidential elections, but House and Senate races as well. A coalition of good-government groups as well as some unlikely players, including lobbyists and business leaders, are preparing an aggressive campaign to force public ...
(FECA) of 1972 required candidates to disclose sources of campaign contributions and campaign expenditures. It was amended in 1974 with the introduction of statutory limits on contributions, and creation of the Federal Election Commission Act (FECA). It attempted to restrict the influence of wealthy individuals by limiting individual donations to $1000 and donations by Political Action Committees (PACs) to $5000. These specific election donations are known as ‘Hard money.’ The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002, also known as "McCain-Feingold," after its sponsors, is the most recent major federal law on ...
REVIEWS AND OPINIONS
NRA Exemption Divides Campaign Finance Reform Supporters - The BLT ...
The decision by sponsors of campaign finance reform legislation to carve out exemptions for certain interest groups, especially the National Rifle Association, has prompted a backlash among some liberal advocacy groups, but several good government advocates say they’re still supporting it. “The inequitable treatment poses an unsatisfactory solution,” said Nan Aron, head of the Alliance for Justice, which released a letter opposing the bill with the exemptions from disclosure requirements. The letter was signed by a host of other groups, including the League of Conservation Voters and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Aron ... market research, surveys and trends
Commentary » Blog Archive » Campaign Finance Reform? Just More ...
The effort by President Obama and congressional Democrats to sidestep the Supreme Court’s landmark free-speech ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case has sent these supposed advocates for clean elections down into the usual morass of special-interest legislation. The Citizens United ruling overturned the McCain-Feingold federal restrictions, which prevented groups and corporations from exercising their right to comment on the behavior of our elected leaders. In this case, a so-called “reform” of campaign finance meant that incumbents had the right to silence their critics, such as in the instance that ... market research, surveys and trends

SURVEY RESULTS FOR
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

Support High For Strong Campaign Finance Legislation: Poll
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaigns, the landscape has grown ripe for the passage of strict campaign finance legislation. Support is incredibly high for reforms currently being considered by Congress to stem the tide of corporate involvement in elections, according to a poll released on Monday by a bipartisan group of firms. From the study released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in conjunction with McKinnon Media for Common Cause, Change Congress and the Public Campaign Action Fund: "A majority of voters strongly favor both requiring ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
In Supreme Court Ruling on Campaign Finance, the Public Dissents ...
Obama raised eyebrows at his State of the Union address last month by criticizing the high court’s ruling throwing out limits on corporate spending in political campaigns. Turns out he’s got company: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 80 percent of Americans likewise oppose the ruling, including 65 percent who “strongly” oppose it, an unusually high intensity of sentiment. Seventy-two percent, moreover, support the idea of a legislative workaround to try to reinstate the limits the court lifted. The bipartisan nature of these views is striking in these largely partisan times. The court’s ruling is opposed, ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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Guest column: Only real campaign finance reform can save democracy
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson cautioned: "The purpose of representative government is to counteract the excesses of monied interests." America is being trashed by the excesses of monied interests. Every effort to serve the best interests of the average American citizen is being thwarted by the 'monied interests' buying power in the White House and Congress, through huge campaign contributions, for which they expect obedience to their wishes for special legislation that will increase their profits - legislation that undermines environmental, labor and fiscal control laws that would protect the average ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Kagan: Campaign finance reform proved a major defeat
That office -- run by the Justice Department -- defends congressional legislation and executive actions in appeals before the Supreme Court. The first case she argued in person before her once and future colleagues was a blockbuster: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which she defended the government's restrictions on corporate spending in federal elections. Kagan argued the case in a special sitting of the court September 9. The issue hinged on whether corporations' ability to pour money into election campaigns could be strictly regulated, or whether they have free-speech rights to spend their cash to ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

INFORMATION RESOURCES

GAO-03-453 Campaign Finance Reform: Early Experiences of Two ...
regarding campaign finance reform in the United States generally, as well .... As with most campaign finance reform issues, the concept of public ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Campaign Finance Reform: A Legal Analysis of Issue and Express ...
With regard to issue and express advocacy, H.R. 2356, the “Bipartisan Campaign. Finance Reform Act of 2001,” (Shays/Meehan), which passed the House on ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Campaign finance reform : a sourcebook / editors, Anthony Corrado . .... the political community on the need for campaign finance reform, but the obstacles ...
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CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
  1. profile image stylson A very informative lecture on campaign finance reform. Still, too preachy. http://mypict.me/8P4Ra
  2. profile image twtlrheat Political Freedom Upheld, for now- Campaign Finance Reform tabled- Freedom News | The Freedomist- Freedom News http://bit.ly/cpq8hS
  3. profile image dentay85 Guest column: Only real campaign finance reform can save democracy: This initial effort was undermined by exploita... http://bit.ly/dbMhlI
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
WikiAnswers - What is Campaign Finance Reform
Campiagn finance reform is when corporations give the one of the presidents money for their campaign. If the president that the corporation gave money to wins the campaign then the president will treat that corporation better and special. First answer by ID1626129879 . Last edit by ID1626129879 . Question popularity : 1 [ recommend question ]. Can you answer these business and finance questions? Related answers: Why is there a concern to have campaign finance reform ? There are a series of campaign finance loopholes in which allow factions to take control of certain portions of the government. A concept in ...
Which of the supreme court justices voted for the campaign finance ...
They did not vote for a campaign finance reform bill. They lifted a ban on Campaign finance limits from private donors i.e. infinitely wealthy corporations and labor Unions. What this means that if you donate $10 dollars to get a person you like voted, a corporation can then donate $1,000 dollars to the person that is running against the person you want to win. 5 months ago Member since: May 22, 2007 Total points: 14713 (Level 6) In a 5-4 decision, the Bush-stacked Conservatives removed all restraints on contributing to political campaigns, upending the McCain/.Feingold law. Reminds one of the Bush election, doesn't ...