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  • "I Didn't Realize What All Was in It" [Congressmen dismayed by McCain-Feingold details]

    02/19/2003 4:19:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 52 replies · 734+ views
    Reason on line ^ | February 19, 2003 | Jacob Sullum
    The New York Times has a hilarious story describing how members of Congress are only now discovering, to their dismay, the requirements of the "campaign finance reform" law they voted for last year. "We sometimes leave our audiences in a state of complete shock," says a lawyer who teaches the intricacies of McCain-Feingold to Democratic legislators. The seminars elicit "a sort of slack-jawed amazement at how far this thing reached." A lawyer who runs similar sessions for Republicans says, "There's an initial stage where the reaction is, 'This can't be true.' And then there's the actual anger stage." A few...
  • 'McCain-Feingold School' Finds Many Bewildered

    02/18/2003 9:59:55 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 199+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/18/03 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    ASHINGTON, Feb. 18 ? It began as a modest idea: a series of small seminars by Democratic Party lawyers for elected officials, political consultants and Congressional aides on the intricacies of the new McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Party officials reserved a dining room at the Democratic Club on Capitol Hill and sent out invitations across Washington.By the end of last week, that low-key undertaking had drawn more than 400 people over the course of a month, a turnout that has astonished its organizers. The crowd came first for a three-hour introductory course on a statute that is upending the...
  • Money, Wealth, and the Corruption of Government

    02/11/2003 5:14:09 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 1 replies · 108+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | Feb.11, 2003 | S. M. Oliva
    Summary: Wealth is not the cause of corruption in government. If anything, it's a symptom. Campaign contributions are not just about obtaining favors; for many businessmen, they're a means of self-defense against populists who seek to destroy private property rights. [CAPITALISM MAGAZINE.COM] It was hardly the end of an era, but the opening of the 108th Congress on January 07, 2003, brought the curtain down on the short tenure of Minnesota Senator Dean Barkley, a longtime ally of now-former Governor Jesse Ventura who obtained his Senate post two months ago upon the death of Paul Wellstone. Barkley's service was brief...
  • Vatican says New Age no replacement for Christian faith

    02/03/2003 11:33:56 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 27 replies · 102+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 2/3/03 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican weighed in Monday on the New Age movement, saying some aspects of the search for inner peace were positive but warning that they can't replace true Christian religion. In a 90-page booklet dotted with references to the "Magical Mystery Tour," "Feng Shui" and the dawning of the "Age of Aquarius," the Vatican addressed a topic usually reserved for the self-help sections of bookstores. The Vatican said the book was the product of requests by bishops for guidance on determining whether practices embraced by New Agers, including yoga, channeling and healing by crystals, were compatible...
  • FEC to Let Parties Sell Mailing Lists

    01/16/2003 11:58:00 AM PST · by deport · 16 replies · 359+ views
    AP ^ | 1-16-03 | SHARON THEIMER
    FEC to Let Parties Sell Mailing Lists By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - Election officials agreed Thursday to let national political party committees sell their mailing lists to any buyers, including businesses and labor unions. The move would open up a new source of income for parties looking to compensate for the loss of millions of dollars in corporate and union soft money banned by the nation's new campaign finance law. A majority of the six-member Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) expressed support for the policy. The FEC stopped short of a final vote, however, instead...
  • John Birch Society on FOX, William Norman Grigg on Fox News Network

    01/10/2003 2:12:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 70 replies · 553+ views
    Will Grigg, Senior Editor of The New American magazine, is scheduled for a live appearance in the first half of the Fox News program "From the Heartland" on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on the issue of immigration. This is a great opportunity to introduce others to The John Birch Society. A good one to buy and keep--Post-Roe America Read The New American's past coverage of immigration at: John McManus on C-SPAN2 C-SPAN2 is re-broadcasting John McManus' talk on the William F. Buckley, Jr. book. It is scheduled to be broadcast this Saturday from...
  • (Alaskan's move to help gut McCain-Feingold?) Attorney challenges soft money reporting

    01/04/2003 7:26:38 AM PST · by Aleutian Longliner · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Anchorage Daily News | 1-4-2003 | Tom Kizzia
    Attorney challenges soft money reporting REQUIREMENT: Ken Jacobus asks court for injunction against new APOC rule. By Tom Kizzia Anchorage Daily News (Published: January 4, 2003) A new state rule requiring Alaska's political parties to disclose their sources and uses of so-called soft campaign money came under attack in court this week from the Libertarian Party and a lawyer with ties to the Republican Party. Lawyer Ken Jacobus asked the state Superior Court to block the new regulation, which was adopted by the Alaska Public Offices Commission in November after a record outpouring of unregulated soft-money ads in the state's...
  • Parties Oppose Documents Release in Suit

    01/01/2003 10:41:32 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 9 replies · 136+ views
    ap ^ | 1/1/2003 | ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic party officials have joined the Justice Department (news - web sites) in trying to keep secret some documents submitted in lawsuits over new campaign finance rules, arguing they contain sensitive political and strategic information. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington this week, the Republican National Committee (news - web sites), along with the California Democratic and Republican parties, opposed an effort by news organizations to unseal all documents submitted in the lawsuits, which challenge the constitutionality of the nation's new campaign finance law. The news organizations are seeking access to thousands of...
  • There's nothing evil about campaign spending

    12/30/2002 12:06:58 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 120+ views ^ | 12/30/02 | George Will
    WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court will rule, perhaps before July, on the constitutionality of restrictions on political communication imposed by the 2002 campaign finance law (McCain-Feingold), the premise of which--substituting concision for precision--is that there is ``too much'' money in politics. And crusaders for campaign finance restrictions profess themselves scandalized by the fact that spending by candidates, parties and interest groups in the 2001-2002 election cycle on the principal means of political communication--television advertising--totaled almost a billion dollars ($996 million).

    12/29/2002 4:26:46 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 241+ views
    New York Post ^ | Sunday, December 29, 2002 | George F. Will
    <p>THE Supreme Court will rule, perhaps before July, on the constitutionality of restrictions on political communication imposed by the 2002 campaign-finance law (McCain-Feingold), the premise of which is that there is "too much" money in politics. And crusaders for campaign-finance restrictions profess themselves scandalized by the fact that spending by candidates, parties and interest groups in the 2001-2002 election cycle on the principal means of political communication (TV advertising) totaled almost a billion dollars ($996 million).</p>
  • Suspect in Clinton-era scandal due in Miami

    12/28/2002 9:48:38 PM PST · by byteback · 13 replies · 321+ views
    AP ^ | AP
    <p>MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- A Filipino legislator was on his way to Florida, where he faces charges of making illegal campaign donations to former President Clinton and other Democratic politicians.</p> <p>Facing a U.S. extradition request, Mark B. Jimenez voluntarily left the Philippines on Thursday with two U.S. marshals to face an indictment in the case.</p>
  • Gore's 7 Million Reasons to Smile

    12/12/2002 6:54:13 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 3 replies · 174+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/12/02 | Marc Ambinder
    W A S H I N G T O N, Dec. 12 — Former Vice President Al Gore might be able to tap as much as $7 million in unrestricted campaign cash now gathering dust in an obscure account from his 2000 race, giving his candidacy a potentially significant boost should he decide to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. The funds could vault Gore to the top of the money race, in which he now lags behind several other Democratic presidential hopefuls. Last week, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts transferred $3.1 million to his presidential exploratory committee. And Sen. John...
  • FEC Cuts Repayments for Bush, Gore Campaigns

    12/12/2002 7:32:06 PM PST · by Rensselaer · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 12, 2002 | Sharon Theimer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Election Commission on Thursday decided to scale back the amounts that auditors had recommended the 2000 presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Al Gore repay the government. Also, while reviewing presidential campaign audits, the commission said former candidate Pat Buchanan could use taxpayer dollars to award $70,000 in bonuses to his campaign staff, including $20,000 to his sister. The FEC made the ruling as part of the commission's 5-1 vote to approve an audit of Buchanan's publicly financed 2000 presidential campaign. The audit required that Buchanan reimburse the government for $68,033 for minor spending...
  • Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin campaign finance reforms

    12/12/2002 5:42:41 AM PST · by Valin · 11 replies · 29+ views
    AP ^ | 12/11/02 | TODD RICHMOND
    <p>MADISON, Wis. - A federal judge Wednesday struck down a major overhaul of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws, ruling one provision placed unconstitutional restrictions on the ads political groups can run in the final days of an election. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's decision strikes down all but one of the campaign reforms signed by Gov. Scott McCallum last summer. The changes were the most significant to the state's political finance laws in 25 years.</p>
  • CA: Supreme Court: Group trashing Davis doesn't have to list backers

    12/11/2002 6:53:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 275+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/11/02 | AP
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO(AP) - A group that trashed Gov. Gray Davis on the airwaves last year doesn't have to register as a political committee or disclose its financial backers, the California Supreme Court said Wednesday.</p> <p>Without comment, the court's seven justices unanimously declined to review a San Francisco-based appeals court's September decision, which ruled against a lawsuit brought by Davis.</p>
  • FEC auditors question $1 million in Bush campaign spending

    12/10/2002 6:41:00 PM PST · by RCW2001 · 10 replies · 13+ views
    Associated Press / SFGate
    SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press WriterTuesday, December 10, 2002 ©2002 Associated Press URL: (12-10) 18:23 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Election Commission auditors recommended Tuesday that President Bush's campaign repay the government more than $700,000 in public financing it received for the 2000 election. Auditors also finished reviewing former Vice President Al Gore's 2000 primary and general election campaign committees. They are questioning $426,836 in Gore's primary campaign funding and $14,887 in spending by his general election campaign. Gore's campaign has already repaid some of the money: Auditors say the primary campaign still owes the U.S. Treasury $372,245 and the...
  • Campaign Reform Takes A Pounding. Lawyers Toss Book At McCain-Feingold

    12/09/2002 12:11:22 PM PST · by Commander8 · 26 replies · 13+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | December 7, 2002 | Craig Gilbert
    WASHINGTON-Over the course of nine hours in federal court last week, a Who's Who of lawyers representing a vast array of interests at the nation's new campaign law.
  • McCain-Feingold Goes to Court: Two days on the scene.

    12/09/2002 7:09:13 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 3 replies · 89+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 9, 2002 | Allison Hayward
    What we view as rights they view as loopholes. What they view as acts impeding reform, we view as freedom. — Floyd Abrams, December 4, 2002Last week, the ceremonial courtroom in the Washington, D.C. federal courthouse hosted two days of oral arguments in the trial to test the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). Even this spacious location required some extra seating to accommodate the case, in the form of large folding tables set before the three-judge panel for the numerous attorneys arguing for the very numerous parties in the case. Luminaries like Ken Starr, Floyd Abrams,...
  • Big money is not free speech

    12/06/2002 7:41:09 AM PST · by Valin · 12 replies · 56+ views
    <p>From the get-go, the new campaign-finance law that President Bush signed this year was going to be legally challenged.</p> <p>Now it's in the courtroom, with high-profile lawyers on both sides battling its high-stakes merits and demerits before a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. From there, it will no doubt go on to the Supreme Court.</p>
  • Groups Spend Heavily on Election Year Ads

    12/05/2002 2:02:42 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 1 replies · 110+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/05/02 | AP
    WASHINGTON — About $1 billion was spent on television advertising for the midterm elections by political candidates, parties and interest groups, a total fueled by parties using up millions of dollars in reserves of soft money before changes in campaign finance laws took effect. The United Seniors Association, a group backed heavily by pharmaceutical companies, spent nearly $9 million for TV ads, mostly supporting Republican congressional candidates. That was almost three times more than any other group spent on campaign ads. United Seniors spent the money on more than 15,000 ad spots in 35 markets. The Democratic-leaning AFL-CIO was a...