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U.S. Court strikes down part of McCain-Feingold Campaign Law

Posted on 05/02/2003 12:41:01 PM PDT by RandDisciple

reported 15:38 bloomberg news


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bcra; campaignfinance; cfr; cfrlist; constitutionallaw; electionlaw; fec; firstamendment; freedomofspeech; mccain; mccainfeingold; mcconnell; misunderestimating; nra; silenceamerica
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To: mware
Mark Levin's outfit was involved in one of the lawsuits against it too.
41 posted on 05/02/2003 12:59:04 PM PDT by mware
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To: RandDisciple

Federal court strikes down two cornerstones of new campaign finance law
SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer
Friday, May 2, 2003
©2003 Associated Press

URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/05/02/national1558EDT0688.DTL

(05-02) 12:58 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal court Friday struck down most of a ban on the use of large corporate and union political contributions by political parties, casting into doubt the future of the campaign finance law that was supposed to govern next year's high-stakes presidential election.

The court also ruled unconstitutional new restrictions on election-time political ads by special interest groups and others. It barred the federal government from enforcing them and all other parts of the law it struck down.

The ruling clears the way for an immediate appeal by the losing parties to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court's decision will lay the ground rules for the 2004 presidential election and beyond.

42 posted on 05/02/2003 12:59:11 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: RandDisciple
Yup. You can't ban legitimate contributions even from children. It had no legitimate purpose related to the government's interest in preventing corruption during political campaigns. I mean our senators knew the entire time what they voted for was flatly unconstitutional. It doesn't say much for their respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, now does it?
43 posted on 05/02/2003 12:59:56 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So what's left?
44 posted on 05/02/2003 12:59:58 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: The Wizard
I've never been worried about it being knocked out of court; I'm just surprised this part fell first.
45 posted on 05/02/2003 1:00:10 PM PDT by Howlin (The most hated lair on FR)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! :)
46 posted on 05/02/2003 1:00:37 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RandDisciple
AP News Alert

The Associated Press
Friday, May 2, 2003; 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON - Federal court declares part of campaign finance law's soft money ban unconstitutional.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6289-2003May2.html

47 posted on 05/02/2003 1:00:48 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: MeeknMing; sweetliberty; TheLion; Budge; Mudboy Slim; Mo1; Brad's Gramma
Did you all see this???? Hoowee!
48 posted on 05/02/2003 1:01:05 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The court also ruled unconstitutional new restrictions on election-time political ads by special interest groups and others. It barred the federal government from enforcing them and all other parts of the law it struck down.

Ooo...that's the 60/90 attrocity. YES!!!!! The Constitution lives (but not in the way the liberals mean it..).

49 posted on 05/02/2003 1:01:24 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The court also ruled unconstitutional new restrictions on election-time political ads by special interest groups and others. It barred the federal government from enforcing them and all other parts of the law it struck down.

Okay looks like both the ban on soft money AND the 60/90 day timing of political speech! HAPPY DAY!

50 posted on 05/02/2003 1:01:24 PM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: NittanyLion
So what's left?

The SCOTUS appeal.

51 posted on 05/02/2003 1:01:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: NittanyLion
So what's left?

Just enough to make a light snack for McCainiac

52 posted on 05/02/2003 1:01:59 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Howlin
Looks like both parts fell. The soft money ban and the 90 day political ad part.

Wonderful news.

53 posted on 05/02/2003 1:02:17 PM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: aristeides
From what I read they stripped this law down to the skin and bones. This one should go into the bottom of the bin of bad law.
54 posted on 05/02/2003 1:02:17 PM PDT by mware
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So, for the moment the whole thing is ****canned?

GOOD!

Now, I will remember to send YET ANOTHER smarmy, sarcastic, nasty, "hate mail" to McWipe and Feingold reminding them that they both suck and that I I wrote them previously and told them this would happen.

Not that it matters, I just like to be a jerk.

55 posted on 05/02/2003 1:02:24 PM PDT by Jhoffa_ (Sammy to Frodo: "Get out. Go sleep with one of your whores!")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I mean, what provisions of the bill have survived?
56 posted on 05/02/2003 1:02:31 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: TC Rider
McInsane and the Free Speech Fascists were gobsmacked by the Constitution.
57 posted on 05/02/2003 1:02:46 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Wphile
GLORY HALLELUJAH!

58 posted on 05/02/2003 1:03:05 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: Wphile
So does that part of the law immediately cease to be in effect? Or will the courts grant a stay until the Supreme Court rules?
59 posted on 05/02/2003 1:03:50 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: mware
It was a stupid law and I think Bush signed it knowing the courts would knock it down. At least by having it go to the courts, we have a ruling on the constitutionality of the law. That's been the GOP's argument all along and at least now they have a court ruling. Hopefully this would put it to bed forever.

I'm sure there will be an appeal though.

60 posted on 05/02/2003 1:04:26 PM PDT by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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