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Inside the Campaign Finance Battle: Court Testimony on the New Reforms
     

Inside the Campaign Finance Battle: Court Testimony on the New Reforms

by Anthony Corrado
 

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In 2002 Congress enacted the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), the first major revision of federal campaign finance law in a generation. In March 2001, after a fiercely contested and highly divisive seven-year partisan legislative battle, the Senate passed S. 27, known as the McCain-Feingold legislation. The House responded by passing H.R. 2356, companion

Overview

In 2002 Congress enacted the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), the first major revision of federal campaign finance law in a generation. In March 2001, after a fiercely contested and highly divisive seven-year partisan legislative battle, the Senate passed S. 27, known as the McCain-Feingold legislation. The House responded by passing H.R. 2356, companion legislation known as Shays-Meehan, in February 2002. The Senate then approved the House-passed version, and President George W. Bush signed BCRA into law on March 27, 2002, stating that the bill had "flaws" but overall "improves the current system of financing for federal campaigns." The Reform Act was taken to court within hours of the President's signature. Dozens of interest groups and lawmakers who had opposed passage of the Act in Congress lodged complaints that challenged the constitutionality of virtually every aspect of the new law. Following review by a special three-judge panel, the case is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. This litigation constitutes the most important campaign finance case since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Buckley v. Valeo more than twenty-five years ago. The testimony, submitted by some of the country's most knowledgeable political scientists and most experienced politicians, constitutes an invaluable body of knowledge about the complexities of campaign finance and the role of money in our political system. Unfortunately, only the lawyers, political scientists, and practitioners actually involved in the litigation have seen most of this writing—until now. Ins ide the Campaign Finance Battle makes key testimony in this historic case available to a general readership, in the process shedding new light on campaign finance practices central to the congressional debate on the reform act and to the landmark litigation challenging its constitutionality.

Editorial Reviews

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"I nside the Campaign Finance Battle is very highly recommended —and as is timely as it is a welcome addition to Political Science Studies reference collections and reading lists." — The Midwest Book Review

"This book provides a comprehensive source book for opinions —from academics, politicians and reform advocates —on the merits of campaign finance reform in the US." —Michael C. Munger, Duke University, Political Studies Review, 1/1/2004

"If nothing else, lay readers of this book will come away with a clearer understanding of campaign finance, but political scientists, political practitioners, and lawyers will be its main beneficiaries." —William C. Loughan, Ohio Wesleyan University, Perspectives on Political Science, 1/1/2004

"...the editors' balanced selection and refusal of commentary allows readers to evaluate the evidentiary record themselves guided only by the enduring themes around which the selections are organized.... Recommended." —T. Fackler, University of Texas at Austin, Choice, 12/1/2004

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815715849
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
05/26/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
333
File size:
620 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Corrado is the Charles J. Dana Professor of Government at Colby College and a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is a coeditor of Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook and coauthor of The New Campaign Finance Sourcebook, both published by Brookings. Thomas E.Mann is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the W. Averell Harriman Chair. He is a frequent media commentator on American politics. 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.

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