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  Campaign Finance Reform: The Issue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Campaign finance reform groups including Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, and the Brennan Center for Justice feel that the McCain-Feingold bill was necessary to salvage a political system in which the concerns of voters have been usurped by the money and influence of powerful industries and interest groups.
Although none of the reform groups saw McCain-Feingold as a perfect bill, they were united in their belief that the bill is a necessary start down the road of campaign finance reform.
Congress in 1971 passed the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), a consolidation of previous reform efforts that limited the influence of wealthy individuals and special interests on the outcome of federal elections, regulated campaign spending, and mandated public disclosure of campaign finances by candidates and parties.
www.opensecrets.org /news/campaignfinance/index.asp   (1119 words)

 The Liberty Committee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Additionally, campaign finance regulations applied to the election of members of Congress also intrude upon the power of their electors who, like presidential electors, are state officers.
All current campaign finance reform measures disregard this decentralized federal structure governing elections to Congress and to the presidency and, for that reason, are unconstitutional.
Campaign finance reform, then, is not progressive, but reactive, turning the clock back to the days of the English Star Chamber that enforced the King’s rules governing the conduct of elections for the ostensible purpose of keeping his realm free of moral and political corruption.
www.thelibertycommittee.org /campaignfinance.htm   (3782 words)

 Campaign Finance "Reform": The Good, The Bad and the Unconstitutional
The supposed problems with the current campaign finance system that have been identified by "reformers" and echoed by the media are not problems from the standpoint of Americans who want a greater say in who is elected and which policies public officials will pursue.
The proposals in the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1999, and similar proposals that attempt to restrict the political speech of individuals and organizations, are the opposite of true reform, and they are unconstitutional.
What some would-be reformers see as a terrible circumvention of the current campaign finance laws is really the natural but inefficient diversion of the public's desire to have a say in who their elected leaders are and what policies those leaders will pursue.
www.heritage.org /Research/GovernmentReform/BG1308.cfm   (10463 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform in Wisconsin: Progress Report, September 2002
In addition to apparent violations of campaign finance and ethics laws, prosecutors are looking into the possibility that employees may have violated the state's open records laws by altering, hiding or destroying documents sought by investigators.
The reform community's future challenge will be to capitalize on the political fallout of the corruption scandal and build on the progress that has already been made on campaign finance reform legislation.
Expand the reform community by building bridges to groups that may appear on the surface to be unconventional partners but whose interests are adversely affected by the current campaign finance system.
www.wisdc.org /campfinreform_progrpt.php   (6171 words)

 BG1308ES: Campaign Finance "Reform": The Good, the Bad, and the Unconstitutional
The problems with the current campaign financing system that are identified by the most vocal reformers, however, are not real problems for Americans who want more of a say in who is elected and what policies public officials pursue.
Consequently, "reforms" that attempt to redefine "express advocacy" to include types of issue advocacy, or to create new categories of speech subject to regulation, or that effectively would ban issue advocacy by corporations and labor unions are doomed to a court-ordered funeral.
To adopt true reform, Congress first needs to recognize that today's perceived abuses are simply the predictable result of past "reforms" in which the suppression of free speech was the principal focus.
www.heritage.org /Research/GovernmentReform/BG1308ES.cfm   (990 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform
Campaign Finance Reform — John McCain vs. Free Speech: As you follow developments in the Senate debate on campaign finance reform, ask yourself if the various bills, amendments and counter-proposals truly benefit voters, or if incumbent politicians stand to reap benefits (including reelection) from the legislation.
Because campaign finance restrictions could have a muzzling effect on everyone but the media, which is predominantly on their side, of course.
Campaign Finance reform: A primary provision in the bill is that it prohibits people and groups from running political ads in newspapers and broadcast media that refer to a particular candidate within 60 days of a general election and 30 days of a primary election.
www.akdart.com /cfr.html   (4596 words)

 DAWN Initiative: Campaign Finance Reform
The Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund (WECF) is woefully inadequate to finance today’s election campaigns.
Campaign finance reform, as promoted by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, reduces the influence of money and levels the public policy playing field for people with disabilities and others who cannot afford to contribute to campaigns.
Campaign finance reform attempts to impose spending limits on campaigns, ensure adequate public funding, enhance disclosure of election-related activities, and restrict fundraising by candidates during the budget process.
www.dawninfo.org /advocacy/issues/camp_fin.cfm   (1204 words)

 Online NewsHour | Vote 2004 | Politics 101 | Campaign Finance Reform
The system of funding political campaigns -- both to help elect a candidate or work toward the defeat of another -- is complex and often perceived by the public to be riddled with irregularities and loopholes.
Signed into law by President Bush in 2002 after years of debate, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act is a sweeping piece of legislation that introduces new limits and adjustments to the complex rules of campaign financing.
A critical part of the campaign finance network involves the businesses, unions, ideological movements and other groups that take an interest in political candidates who may be a help or hindrance to their particular cause or constituency.
www.pbs.org /newshour/vote2004/politics101/politics101_cfreform.html   (1810 words)

 Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - Legislative Initiatives 2005
Companion legislation to AB 626 was introduced in the Senate on December 16, 2005 as Senate Bill 479 and referred to the Senate Campaign Finance Reform and Ethics Committee.
Two amendments supported by the Democracy Campaign - one creating a guaranteed funding source for the bill and the other requiring full disclosure of the funds used by interest groups to pay for their campaign ads - were rejected by the committee on 3-2 votes.
The bill was approved by the committee on a 5-1 vote on March 2, 2006 and moved to the full Assembly where the Assembly voted 53-43 on May 2, 2006 to reject a motion to pull SB 1 from the Rules Committee and bring it up for a vote.
www.wisdc.org /legislative_initiatives2005.php   (1340 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. For Educators. Campaign Finance Reform | PBS
Campaign reform can be achieved by relying on complete disclosure of fund sources rather than spending limits or public financing of political campaigns.
Plans for achieving campaign finance reform (Part IV) may be evaluated on the basis of clarity, logic, and the use of appropriate research data.
This government resource provides campaign finance reports and data, campaign finance law resources, FEC rule-making necessary to implement campaign finance laws, and news releases related to campaign finances.
www.pbs.org /now/classroom/campaignfinance.html   (2494 words)

 Justice and Peace: Campaign Finance Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Changes in campaign finance rules are perceived to be motivated by interest in securing greater political advantage rather than promoting true reform.
Respect for public service is being further eroded by the current campaign finance system, which gives the appearance that political access and favors are for sale to the highest bidder.
Without substantial reform we see further erosion in the public trust that politicians are committed to the common good, not just to wealthy special interests.
www.ucc.org /justice/campaign   (234 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform
When 94% of the candidates who raise the most money win their races, the true cost of a modern campaign might simply be considered to be MORE than one’s opponent has raised.
The high cost of campaigns prohibits many grassroots candidates from running competitively and ensures that successful office-seekers depend upon special interests and wealthy donors for large majorities of their financial support.
The main components of the campaign finance law as it was originally passed in 1997 included publicly financed campaigns for qualifying candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Governor, spending caps for all candidates, and strict contribution limits for individuals, PACs, corporations and political parties.
www.vpirg.org /campaigns/financeReform/cfr_page111.php   (1055 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform
We also witnessed, in recent elections, a phenomenon of various groups and corporations and unions sponsoring television ads, which were ostensibly not campaign ads, but were seen as the equivalent of campaign ads and, of course, were either complimentary or highly critical of named individuals who are running for public office.
So with all of those changes, we are going to experience a somewhat different campaign this time in 2004 than we did in the previous five or six campaigns.
Yet, the cost of campaigning, which must continue beyond the primaries up to the conventions, which will be in August and September, is much higher than the spending limit.
fpc.state.gov /27142.htm   (5301 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Politicians of both parties are hypersensitive to how any change in campaign financing might affect them or their opponents.
Those suspicions have made regulation of campaign financing one of the toughest policy issues facing legislatures, and made moderate Republicans like Senator McCain who are willing to buck their party's leadership the key figures in any effort to change the system.
Smith, Bradley A. Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform.
www.apsanet.org /content_5165.cfm   (693 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform
Congress is in the midst of a battle over campaign finance reform, yet it is likely that when all the dust settles none of the bills under consideration will pass.
Central to the desire for campaign finance reform is the conviction that Washington is awash in campaign contributions and that lobbyists and corporation buy access and influence through these contributions.
The question political commentators should be asking during this debate is not whether campaign finance reform will pass the Congress.
www.leaderu.com /orgs/probe/docs/c-finreform.html   (529 words)

 Washingtonpost.com: Campaign Finance Special Report
More Post and AP stories about campaign finance from the past month.
Campaign finance is a confusing topic in many ways.
The Clinton and Dole campaigns spent about $232 million in the 1996 campaign cycle – supplemented by about $69 million in "issue ads" paid for by the Republican and Democratic national committees.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/politics/special/campfin/campfin.htm   (321 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
When Congress enacted the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in 2002, many campaign reform advocates felt that the hijacking of federal campaigns by special interest funding had been eliminated.
This bill, H.R. 513, the 527 Reform Act of 2006, would place 527 committees under the same rules as other political groups by changing the legal definition of a political committee to include 527s.
Petri, a long-time supporter of campaign reform, voted no and helped to scuttle this end run around current campaign rules.
www.house.gov /petri/issues/campfin.htm   (920 words)

 Citizen Action/Illinois | Campaign Finance Reform
The mission of the Illinois Justice at Stake Campaign is to keep our courts fair and impartial.
The campaign promotes public funding for judicial elections as a means of giving all qualified candidates a chance to be competitive statewide.
The goals of the campaign are to level the playing field for all qualified judicial candidates, to reduce the perception of special interest influence on judicial races, and to ensure that all citizens of Illinois have equal access to the courts.
www.citizenaction-il.org /issues/campaign_finance/campaign_finance.html   (202 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform
Trenton — Campaign finance reform activists are celebrating the first step in a long journey to public financing of state elections after the Assembly passed the “The New Jersey Clean Elections and Campaign Finance Study Commission” on June 30.
Campaign contributions in the 20 highest giving zip code areas in New Jersey contributed 18 times more money to state legislative and Gubernatorial candidates last year than African Americans and Latinos in the 20 areas with highest minority populations.
NJCA is working with Public Campaign, a national reform organization, and numerous campaign finance reform advocates in 37 states to promote CMCR to our elected officials and voters everywhere.
njcitizenaction.org /campaignfinancereform.html   (2007 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Topics include the history of federal statutes on campaign finance; major Supreme Court decisions; the constitutional contours of the current debate; a roadmap to the present rules of the game; political action committees; national parties; hard and soft money; express and issue advocacy; enforcing campaign finance law; and recent innovations and proposals.
The volume is designed to help reformers and interested citizens understand how current campaign finance practices have evolved from previous decisions made by legislative, judicial, and executive bodies and what might be entailed in moving the system in a desired direction.
Trevor Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center; a member of Caplin and Drysdale’s Washington, D.C. office; and a nonresident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
www.brook.edu /press/books/campaign.htm   (380 words)

 Campaign Finance Homepage
REFORM PROPOSALS Campaign finance reform proposals are taking shape at the state and national level.
REFORM LEGISLATION Campaign finance reform raises fundamental questions about the role of government.
Today's technology is shedding new light on campaign finance records at the state and national levels.
www.campaignfinancesite.org   (253 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Campaign finance reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
That's precisely what Congress has done with the McCain-Feingold/Shays-Meehan campaign finance reform bill that passed the House by 240-189 and is now before the Senate.
A primary provision in the bill is that it prohibits people and groups from running political ads in newspapers and broadcast media that refer to a particular candidate within 60 days of a general election and 30 days of a primary election.
If campaign finance reform becomes law, money will still go to politicians – albeit by a different mechanism.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26897   (623 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Democrats have repeatedly supported comprehensive campaign finance reform measures, such as the McCain-Feingold bill in the Senate and the Shays-Meehan bill in the House, and have worked to require political groups operating in secret to disclose from where they receive their funding.
In the Senate, Republicans fought the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, and used gimmicks and procedural technicalities in the House to defeat the Shays-Meehan bill.
Consistently, Republicans have held up reform efforts through filibusters and other devices, avoiding a real vote to restore government representation to the people.
www.onu.edu /org/democrats/campaign.html   (179 words)

 Campaign Finance Reform Funding
The Campaign for America, is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving fundamental campaign finance reform.
The Campaign Reform Project is a nonprofit organization that educates citizens about the importance of reforming campaign finance laws as a means of revitalizing the country's democratic processes.
Campaign Finance Reform A Statement on House Passage of Campaign Finance Reform by Nancy Kassebaum Baker and Walter F. House passage of campaign finance reform is a demonstration of courage, conviction, and bipartisanship.
www.taxpolicy.com /cfr.htm   (3396 words)

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