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Supreme Court lifts limits on aggregate campaign donations
April 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC that limits on overall campaign contributions by individual donors are unconstitutional. The court previously held in Buckley v. Valeo that limits on contributions implicate First Amendment interests but that limits may be imposed so long....... [more]

DC mayor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana possession
April 1, 2014
Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia for up to an ounce. The proposed law would make possession of marijuana a civil violation with a penalty of $25, which is a substantial change from the prior misdemeanor....... [more]

JURIST wraps up Fall 2013 fundraising drive
November 21, 2013
And now comes everyone's favorite part of the fundraising season: the end. We can't thank you enough for the donations, support, and feedback we've received over the past month. It is heartening to know that so many of our readers value JURIST! If you were unable to contribute financially this time....... [more]

Wednesday is the final day of JURIST's 2013 Fall Fundraising Drive!
November 18, 2013
You may have noticed some changes to JURIST over the course of the last month, to put it mildly. First, the top of the page was taken over by a big banner screaming about our Fall 2013 Fundraising Drive. Second, your objective legal news coverage has been occasionally interrupted by entreaties from....... [more]

The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Regulating Corruption
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Dan Epstein of Cause of Action discusses the upcoming Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission...Last month, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a campaign finance case that legal commentator Jeffrey Too....... [more]

McCutcheon and the Future of Campaign Finance
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Briffault of the Columbia Law School says that McCutcheon v. FEC could upend a central element of campaign finance doctrine but even if the court's judgment is less radical than that, the erosion of restrictions on the electoral role of great private wealth will likely....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in campaign finance case
October 8, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a campaign finance case. In McCutcheon v. FEC the court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) limit on individual campaign contributions. The court previously held in Buckley v. Valeo that limits on c....... [more]

US Campaign Finance
July 21, 2013
The financing of national and state elections has been a political topic in the US since the early nineteenth century. In 1828, then-candidate for the US presidency Andrew Jackson was one of the first politicians to create a campaign committee to help him raise money, secure votes, organize rallies....... [more]

Citizens United and PACs
July 20, 2013
On January 21, 2010, the US Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, a dispute in which the creators of a documentary unfavorable to 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton challenged the prohibition on corporations making independent expenditures during campaigns. Independent....... [more]

The McCain-Feingold Act
July 20, 2013
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), also known as the McCain-Feingold Act, is a federal law that amended FECA, changing the nature of campaign finance, specifically in the realm of soft money. FECA had previously been amended to limit individual contributions and expenditures by indiv....... [more]

Buckley v. Valeo
July 20, 2013
Following the fallout of the Watergate scandal, the nation's leaders sought legislative means of curbing the corruption that riddled political campaigns. The avenue of such an attack was centered on restrictions of financial contributions to political candidates. Following the passage of FECA in 197....... [more]




WEBSITES

    BCRA 2002 [McCain-Feingold text; PDF]

    BCRA 2002 resources

    Campaign Finance Reports [FEC]

    Money in Politics [Opensecrets.org]

    PoliticalMoneyLine

    Campaign Legal Center

    CFIC

    Campaign Finance Reform [Wikipedia]