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upholding the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act’s (BCRA) “soft money” ban.  By a vote of 6-3, the Court affirmed a lower court decision that had rejected the Republican National Committee’s challenge to the prohibition on the raising and spending of campaign funds outside federal contribution and spending limits. In a statement Executive Director Gerry Hebert hailed the decision saying it was “welcome news for anyone disturbed by the pay-to-play model of democracy and commerce in Washington.” He noted that the question had been decided by the Court in McConnell just seven years ago and “[i]t would have been irresponsible for ...
are a distant second. Contributions from both are limited, and direct contributions from corporations and labor unions are prohibited. On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that had previously prohibited corporations and unions from using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent federal agency created in 1975 by amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) to enforce FECA. Public financing is available for qualifying candidates for President during both the primaries and the general election . ...
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Arizona Take Warning: It's Not Too Late to Oust McCain from the Senate
noted two years ago, “that employs Rick Davis, who also works on McCain’s staff as his chief political advisor, and they pay him $110,000 per year. The Reform Institute has often supported McCain, paid for events highlighting him and his agenda, presumably including campaign finance reform.” The Reform Institute received $200,000 in donations  from Cablevision…and McCain basically tried to intervene on Cablevision’s behalf by writing a letter to the FCC supporting its regulatory agenda. Morrissey noted at the time: “[T]he Reform Institute helps keep McCain’s staff gainfully employed between campaigns, allowing McCain to do less ... market research, surveys and trends
Brown Against DISCLOSE Act, May Seal Bill's Fate - Hotline On Call
(R-MA) has provided Dems with some key votes in recent months, but he won't help them pass sweeping campaign finance reform legislation despite pressure from pro-reform groups, he said on Wednesday. In a letter to groups that urged him to back the legislation, Brown said the DISCLOSE Act did not go far enough in requiring "transparency, accountability and fair play." "Rather than reform our campaign finance laws and provide increased transparency, the DISCLOSE Act advances the political agenda of the majority party and special interests in an effort to gain a tactical and political advantage little more than ... market research, surveys and trends

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Campaign Legal Center blog: New FEC Numbers Show BCRA is Working
Opponents’ post-BCRA predictions of the death of political parties are unfounded, according to new FEC numbers. “Hard money” totals from 2004 were not an anomaly. When Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (“BCRA”) (also known as McCain-Feingold) in 2002, many opponents panned BCRA as the death knell for political parties.   Political parties would not survive BCRA’s impact, opponents argued, because parties could not afford to give up soft money to rely on an equivalent amount of hard money.  Prior to BCRA, political parties relied heavily on “soft money” to fund party operations and campaigns. Thus, BCRA opponents ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Bloomberg Sets Record for Personal Spending in Pursuit of Public ...
the Wall Street mogul whose fortune catapulted him into New York’s City Hall, has set another staggering financial record: He has now spent more of his own money than any other individual in United States history in the pursuit of public office. Skip to next paragraph Get up-to-the minute news from City Room , The New York Times and around the Web, including Twitter, YouTube and local blogs. Campaign Tracker � Reporters scrutinized documents from the Bloomberg campaign showing that the mayor has spent $85 million on the race so far. Newly released campaign records show the mayor, as of Friday, had spent $85 million on his ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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Campaign Finance Battle, Not Roe v. Wade, Dominated Elena Kagan's Supreme ...
When the Senate Judiciary Committee met last week to question Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who has been nominated to fill retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' seat, the conversation often veered toward campaign finance issues. During Kagan's confirmation hearings last week, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , the high court's major campaign finance ruling from January that overturned a ban on independent expenditures in federal elections funded by corporations and unions, was mentioned by name 87 times, according to a Center for Responsive Politics review of the hearings' transcripts. market trends, news research and surveys resources
It's the jobs, stupid
One of Sen. Harry Reid's campaign bragging points (there aren't many) is that he twisted the arms of the various banks involved in financing the $8.6 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip in the spring of 2009 to extend further credit to the venture after one of its developers -- and Sen. Reid's top campaign contributor -- MGM Mirage asked him to do so. At the time, Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center and an expert on Senate ethics, told The Associated Press she didn't believe Sen. Reid broke any ethics rules, but said the senator (who declined to name the banks he ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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What happens to presidential campaign money that is leftover after ...
campaign reform bill prohibited converting campaign funds to personal use. The ammended law lets campaign funds be used for "any other lawful purpose."  It is possible to use leftover money for another campaign or a legal defense fund. John Kerry transfered money from his 2004 presidential run to his current senate campaign.   Congress passed a law in 1980 prohibiting members of Congress who took office after Jan. 8, 1980 from pocketing leftover campaign funds when they retire.       this article is about Larry Craig: Craig is permitted by federal law to use campaign funds for any purpose, with one ...
Want to understand the Republican mind?
No, I’m not joking an ounce. That’s what many of them think/believe, and explains why so many wealthy folks are “GOPpers,” and why the party attracts many KKK members, such as that infamous phlegm-wad and douchebag, David Duke . Now, just how do I know this? Well, as I mentioned, my very good friend was a GOP candidate in 1986, and shortly after his papers were filed (and the ink on them had not yet dried), he was approached by local party officials, who presented him with a document, and asked him to sign it. The document they handed him to sign, was a statement saying that he was a born-again ...