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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...
  • Panel to Hear About CFR Case (Rush gives it to McCain)

    12/05/2002 5:08:07 AM PST · by geedee · 5 replies · 16+ views
    EIB ^ | 12/4/2002 | Rush Limbaugh
    The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, “A federal judge yesterday struck the first legal blow against the new campaign finance law that Congress enacted earlier this year, ruling that an anti-abortion [Do they ever say "pro-life"?] organization was free to run television and radio political ads in connection with a special House election in Hawaii.” This ruling sends a chilling signal to the campaign finance reformers, i.e., McCain and Feingold, because it will protect issue advocacy groups and allow them to engage in free political speech - just like the First Amendment says! The judge, a Clinton appointee, is Henry...
  • McCain-Feingold, RIP (Thank God)

    12/04/2002 10:43:26 PM PST · by Pliney the younger · 37 replies · 307+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/04/02 | Un-identified editor
    In force for less than a month, campaign finance is already dead. It must be a democratic land speed record. In force for less than a month, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is already being declared a failure--by the same people who labored for years to pass it. So while money will still be raised and surely spent, all the reformers have accomplished is to make it harder for the media to track it and keep voters informed about its sources. Like the Prohibitionists, they are merely pushing the money into the shadows. But we hardly need to wait for...

    12/05/2002 12:21:13 AM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 141+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/02
    <p>Whether free speech will be the law of the land everywhere - except in political campaigns - is the question at the heart of a lawsuit that opened in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Arguments continue today.</p> <p>A three-judge panel of a federal district court will hear McConnell v. FEC, the first challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), popularly called McCain-Feingold, the so-called campaign-finance-reform law signed by President Bush earlier this year.</p>
  • Right to Life Group Wins in Court [Uh, Oh, McCain-Feingold...]

    12/04/2002 2:11:36 PM PST · by k2blader · 6 replies · 114+ views
    Family News In Focus ^ | December 2, 2002 | David Brody
    December 2, 2002Right to Life Group Wins in CourtBy David Brody, Washington, D.C., correspondent A federal judge has dealt the new federal campaign finance law its first blow.In the first legal test of the new McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, a federal judge has ruled that Hawaii Right to Life can air ads that mention the name of a candidate.The law, which just went into effect a few weeks ago, puts new limits on advocacy groups when it comes to political donations and advertising. With a special congressional election in Hawaii set for Jan. 4, the Right to Life group wanted...
  • McCain statute debated in court

    12/04/2002 10:28:05 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 20+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/05/02 | AP
    <p>Opponents of the campaign finance law enacted this year told a federal court yesterday that new limits on donations and election activity violated the Constitution's guarantee of free speech and would have a devastating effect on the national political parties.</p>
  • 2 Sides Open Fight Over Campaign Law

    12/04/2002 9:50:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 47+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/05/02 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and NEIL A. LEWIS
    ASHINGTON, Dec. 4 — A special appeals court heard arguments in an unusual all-day session today over whether a new law limiting political donations was a boon to democracy by discouraging corruption or whether it violated the Constitution's guarantee of free speech.The hearing, over the McCain-Feingold Law, will continue on Thursday and is the first legal step in a process that many scholars expect will result in a new landmark ruling by the Supreme Court about the nature and scope of free political speech in the United States. That decision is likely to come next year. Roger M. Witten,...
  • Reform Fight Is Joined: Starr Focuses on Federalism in Arguments

    12/04/2002 9:46:33 PM PST · by Jean S · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 12/5/02 | Amy Keller and Damon Chappie
    As he left the ornate courtroom after delivering the lead argument for striking down the new campaign finance law, Kenneth Starr turned to a fellow lawyer in the overflowing crowd and noted with a chuckle, "I usually don't quote Hamilton, it's usually Madison." It was the kind of erudite quip that is likely to become commonplace as a star-studded cast of attorneys grapples over the future of the campaign finance system. The former Whitewater prosecutor, who kicked off two days of hearings challenging the constitutional validity of the massive McCain-Feingold law on behalf of the diverse group of plaintiffs headed...
  • McCain-Feingold Goes to Court: A reader’s guide.

    12/04/2002 7:09:23 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 4 replies · 97+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 4, 2002 | Allison R. Hayward
    On December 4 and 5, 2002, a special panel of the federal district court for the District of Columbia hears oral arguments in McConnell v. FEC, the omnibus mega-challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), commonly called McCain-Feingold. These two days promise to challenge the judges (and observers) with arcane campaign accounting, rouse them with invective, and possibly at the end of it all disabuse them of the notion that congressionally mandated campaign reform can freshen the political system like vinegar through a coffeemaker.We can also expect a clash of the titans as famous advocates from across the...
  • [NY Times Editorial] Campaign Reform on Trial

    12/04/2002 2:15:59 AM PST · by The Raven · 18 replies · 172+ views
    New York Times ^ | dec 4, 2002 | Editorial
    The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, a landmark attempt to rein in the corrupting influence of money on politics, is on trial for its life. In a pivotal argument today, opponents will try to convince a three-judge panel that the law violates the First Amendment — even though McCain-Feingold was carefully drawn to conform to Supreme Court precedents. The panel should uphold it. McCain-Feingold is an effort to address deep and growing problems in the political system. Our democratic ideals about "one person one vote" are fast being buried under a mountain of special-interest money. Thoughtful debate on the issues has...
  • McCain-Feingold, RIP

    12/04/2002 2:09:30 AM PST · by The Raven · 40 replies · 158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | dec 4, 2002 | Editorial
    <p>It must be a democratic land speed record. In force for less than a month, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is already being declared a failure -- by the same people who labored for years to pass it.</p> <p>In the reformers' telling, of course, this looming debacle is all someone else's fault. The gnomes at the Federal Election Commission are creating loopholes that the reformers never intended. The politicians are behaving like, well, politicians and looking for ways around the new law. And a district judge in Hawaii has had the brass to declare the law too constitutionally suspect to apply to spending in that state's special House election; a federal appeals panel is set to hear an even broader constitutional challenge to McCain-Feingold today.</p>
  • Campaign finance hits courts

    12/03/2002 9:49:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 94+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 12/3/02 | Shannon McCaffrey
    <p>WASHINGTON - The bitterly fought battle to reform the nation's campaign-finance system will hit the courts for the first time Wednesday, when lawyers clash over whether contributions to political parties are constitutionally protected free speech that cannot be limited.</p> <p>The stakes are huge. Hundreds of millions of dollars that flowed into the last election are banned in future elections by a new federal law.</p>
  • Campaign Law Set for Big Test

    12/02/2002 9:33:18 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 52+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, December 3, 2002 | By RICHARD A. OPPEL and NEIL A. LEWIS
    December 3, 2002 Campaign Law Set for Big TestBy RICHARD A. OPPEL and NEIL A. LEWIS ASHINGTON, Dec. 2 — Some of the nation's most accomplished lawyers will face off this week in a courtroom in Washington in the first showdown over the constitutionality of the new campaign finance law. Supporters of the so-called McCain-Feingold law, which bans the large campaign contributions known as soft money, say it will curb corruption in politics. Opponents say it is an insidious attempt to criminalize political free speech. The legal teams on each side feature an odd mix of lawyers from across the...
  • Litigating freedom of speech

    12/01/2002 10:40:07 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 14+ views ^ | 12/02/02 | George Will
    WASHINGTON--Come Wednesday, in a District of Columbia courtroom, litigation begins that will reach the Supreme Court and determine the future of political speech in America. At issue is the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA, alias McCain-Feingold), by which the just-adjourned 107th Congress followed in the footsteps of the 5th Congress, which enacted the Sedition Act of 1798.
  • Court Battle Set to Kick Off: Reform Law Challenge Starts Wednesday

    12/01/2002 10:03:35 PM PST · by Jean S · 2 replies · 142+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 12/2/02 | Amy Keller and Damon Chappie
    It isn't very often that the Speaker of the House injects himself into an ongoing court battle. Then again, it's not very often that a lawsuit the magnitude of McConnell v. the Federal Election Commission comes along. In a legal brief filed last month, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) wrote that he felt "compelled" to weigh in on the colossal effort to have the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act declared unconstitutional because provisions of the law "directly and impermissibly harm" him and his colleagues. The law that Hastert believes will do "irreparable harm to the political process" will get its first...
  • The First Amendment on Trial

    12/01/2002 7:30:32 AM PST · by nypokerface · 11 replies · 12+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/01/02 | George F. Will
    Come Wednesday, in a District of Columbia courtroom, litigation begins that will reach the Supreme Court and determine the future of political speech in America. At issue is the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA, alias McCain-Feingold), by which the just-adjourned 107th Congress followed in the footsteps of the 5th Congress, which enacted the Sedition Act of 1798. A congressional supporter of the Sedition Act said it was aimed at speech intended to "inflame . . . constituents against the government." The BCRA's enactors were equally candid about targeting annoying speech. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.): "These issue advocacy ads are a...
  • FEC Ponders Salaries From Campaign Funds

    11/23/2002 7:44:21 AM PST · by Gothmog · 15 replies · 148+ views
    The Boston Globe/AP ^ | 11/23/02 | Sharon Theimer
    <p>WASHINGTON - Win or lose, congressional candidates could find themselves earning the salary of a senator.</p> <p>The Federal Election Commission is considering letting candidates pay themselves from their campaign funds - up to the level of the job they are seeking.</p>
  • GOP, Dems Targeted in FEC Complaint

    11/22/2002 4:38:10 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 5 replies · 185+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 11/22/02 | Christine Hall
    Democrats and Republicans are accused of hatching "multiple schemes" to "evade and violate the soft money and disclosure provisions" of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law that went into effect earlier this month, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Elections Commission by three political watchdog groups. The complaint alleges that a new political organization launched by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) dubbed the Leadership Forum "constitutes an illegal scheme to raise and spend soft money in violation of the new law." As for the Democrats, the complaint alleges that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has similarly set...
  • Supreme Court to decide if advocacy groups can donate to candidates

    11/18/2002 8:21:49 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 20+ views
    Associated Press | November 18, 2002 | JONATHAN D. SALANT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take a new look at federal limits on campaign contributions to candidates. The court will decide whether certain advocacy groups can contribute to candidates' campaigns. Currently, only individuals, political action committees, political parties and other campaign committees can give to candidates. This case is unrelated to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, which bans unlimited corporate, labor and individual contributions to the political parties. Opponents have challenged that law in the lower courts. The Supreme Court has been more willing to uphold limits on contributions, which justices have said could give...
  • Pelosi Facing Federal Probe of PAC Fundraising

    11/15/2002 8:02:48 PM PST · by gubamyster · 23 replies · 433+ views ^ | 11/15/02 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - The first full day on the job for the first woman ever to lead her political party in the U.S. House of Representatives began under a cloud Friday over allegations of campaign fundraising violations by California Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi, who voted in favor of the McCain-Feingold bill to change the nation's campaign finance laws, is the subject of a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, and other election law experts claim the new House minority leader flat out broke the law in her pursuit of campaign cash for her fellow House Democrats. It's also...
  • Campaign Finance Reform: Straight Talk Exposed As Double Talk

    11/13/2002 6:30:11 PM PST · by Dubya · 7 replies · 21+ views Commentary ^ | November 13, 2002 | Paul M. Weyrich
    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has prided himself on being someone who can deliver "straight talk," who is unafraid to tell it like it really is. But depositions from a forthcoming legal challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law should make us wonder if the Senator and his supporters are shooting straight or giving us double talk. McCain has been able to persuade the news media of his sincerity in sponsoring campaign finance reform legislation to clean up the alleged corruption in Congress. But that is not what really concerns him. Rather, it is the "appearance of corruption," which can...
  • Group Challenges Campaign Finance Law Co-Sponsor (Landrieu)

    11/12/2002 3:46:10 AM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 15+ views ^ | 11/12/02 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - New campaign finance laws completely eliminate many sources of funding for political parties and candidates, and severely limit others. But those restrictions do not apply to the runoff election between Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and her Republican opponent Suzanne Haik Terrell. Nov. 6 was not just a day of celebration for Republicans, who regained the Senate and increased their margin of control in the House in the previous day's elections. It was also the day the first set of provisions of the so-called "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act" (BCRA) took force. Those provisions limit contributions...
  • Parties Create Ways to Avoid Soft Money Ban

    11/01/2002 11:53:27 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 12+ views
    New York Times ^ | Saturday, November 2, 2002 | By DON VAN NATTA Jr. and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    November 2, 2002 Parties Create Ways to Avoid Soft Money BanBy DON VAN NATTA Jr. and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. ASHINGTON, Nov. 1 — The Republican and Democratic Parties have established fund-raising vehicles for unlimited campaign checks to thwart a new federal law banning "soft money" contributions that goes into effect after the election on Tuesday. According to party officials and fund-raisers, both national political parties have set up state organizations and other groups that will continue to collect and spend the large unlimited campaign checks after they are barred to the national political parties by the McCain-Feingold campaign finance...
  • House Democrat whip accused of using more than one PAC to double donations

    10/25/2002 2:14:39 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 2 replies · 74+ views
    WASHINGTON — California Rep. Nancy Pelosi has raised and distributed tens of thousands of additional dollars to congressional candidates using a practice campaign finance experts say could skirt federal limits. Pelosi, the Democratic whip and a leading advocate of campaign finance reform, raised and spent the money through two political action committees, known as leadership PACs. The PACs are called PAC to the Future and Team Majority. Several campaign finance experts said the second PAC would effectively allow Pelosi to get around limits in federal law. They said they are unaware of a politician using two leadership PACs and treating...
  • Mysterious group spends $1 million on anti-Wellstone campaign

    10/23/2002 12:55:47 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 12 replies · 14+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | October 23, 2002 | Patricia Lopez
    <p>Americans for Job Security, a Virginia-based interest group that opposes the reelection of Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, has made an unprecedented $1 million ad buy that will fill the airwaves in the last two weeks before the election, according to Wellstone campaign officials.</p>
  • Campaign board ruling [in Minnesota governor's race] illustrates how law is flawed

    10/15/2002 2:02:10 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 10 replies · 233+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 10/15/02 | D. J. Tice
    Tim Pawlenty has been caught in a startling offense. That is, it's startling that such a thing can be an offense. The Republican candidate for governor is guilty, according to Minnesota's Campaign Finance Board, of actually cooperating with the political party that nominated him. Will he stop at nothing? This situation casts a sideshow spotlight on the comical intellectual contortions and meaningless, let's-pretend distinctions that now constitute campaign finance law. Further "reform" of our democracy is on the way, which guarantees the foolishness and the limits on free speech will get worse. In the case at hand, it seems that...
  • 4 Hill lawmakers file lawsuit to overturn FEC regulations

    10/08/2002 10:46:35 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/09/02 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Rep. Christopher Shays and other advocates of overhauling campaign finance laws filed suit yesterday, hoping to overturn the Federal Election Commission's new regulations implementing their law.</p> <p>Mr. Shays, Connecticut Republican, and his allies persuaded Congress to pass and the president to sign their bill in March, but campaign finance reform advocates say the FEC has drawn the regulations so that they actually retain many of the loopholes lawmakers hoped to close.</p>
  • Campaign finance law's sponsors suing to close FEC `loopholes' in soft money ban

    10/08/2002 9:26:20 AM PDT · by RCW2001 · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Associated Press / SFGate
    SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press WriterTuesday, October 8, 2002 ©2002 Associated Press URL: (10-08) 09:01 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sponsors of the nation's new campaign finance law said Tuesday they were filing suit to try to overturn the Federal Election Commission's regulation plan for the law's restrictions on political "soft money." The law's House sponsors, Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Marty Meehan, D-Mass., say the law is clearly meant to prohibit national party committees, federal candidates and federal officeholders from soliciting or spending the unlimited corporate and labor contributions. They contend that rather than enforcing that ban, the commission is...
  • McCain seeks to reject campaign-finance rules

    10/07/2002 10:47:56 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/08/02 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Advocates of overhauling campaign-finance rules will introduce a Senate measure today to try to overturn the Federal Election Commission's new campaign-finance regulations.</p> <p>Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was the driving force behind the campaign-finance law Congress passed earlier this year, is displeased with the rules the FEC has written to implement his legislation and he will seek to kill them.</p>
  • Attack Is Mounted on Campaign Rules

    10/07/2002 9:20:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 144+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, October 8, 2002
    October 8, 2002 Attack Is Mounted on Campaign RulesBy THE NEW YORK TIMES ASHINGTON, Oct. 7 — Sponsors of the new federal campaign-finance law plan to announce a two-pronged strategy on Tuesday to overturn rules written by the Federal Election Commission. The rules, the sponsors say, would seriously undermine provisions intended to eliminate the role in federal elections of unrestricted donations of soft money by unions, corporations and individuals. Two sponsors, Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Russell D. Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, will seek a Congressional review. The other two sponsors, Representatives Martin T. Meehan, Democrat of Massachusetts,...
  • Federal Election Commission begins spellings out new political ad restrictions ("West Wing?")

    09/27/2002 8:44:07 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies · 197+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 26, 2002 | SHARON THEIMER
    Jay Leno ( news - Y! TV) and David Letterman ( news - Y! TV) still will be able to joke about federal political candidates in the weeks before an election. The Federal Election Commission ( news - web sites) says comments like theirs are not covered by the new campaign finance law. The law, which takes effect Nov. 6, prohibits special interest groups from airing ads identifying federal candidates within one month of a primary or two months of a general election. In its first vote spelling out how those restrictions will be applied, the FEC agreed 6-0 on...