July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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 ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
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 ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On January 23, 2006, the US Supreme Court ruled that a lower court had misinterpreted a prior case pertaining to campaign financing and remanded the case for reconsideration. The Supreme Court issued a per curium opinion saying the lower court had misread a 2003 ruling that upheld a federal ...[read more]
December 12, 2012
by David Mulock
JURIST Guest Columnist Steven D. Schwinn of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago says that, despite recent Supreme Court campaign finance decisions, the First Amendment still leaves opportunity for reform via creative public finance systems, tighter contribution limits and increased disclosure ...[read more]
December 12, 2012
by Kyle Webster
On December 12, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down a Wisconsin law prohibiting people from donating more than $10,000 a year to political action committees (PACs). The successful challenge came from the Wisconsin Right to Life and the Wisconsin Center for Economic ...[read more]
December 3, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
2/19/2013: Supreme Court granted certiorari in campaign finance case 11/7/2012: Colorado, Montana passed ballot measures seeking campaign finance reform 10/24/2012: Seventh Circuit allowed cap on campaign contributions for upcoming election 10/23/2012: Supreme Court rejected challenge of ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Jerry Votava
Voters passed ballot measures on Tuesday seeking to limit the amount of money that can be directed to political campaigns in Colorado and Montana. The measure in Colorado will amend that state's constitution to declare that the people of the state find that "large campaign contributions to ...[read more]
September 11, 2012
by Jerry Votava
The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia on Friday struck down a new West Virginia law that provides public financing for candidates in state Supreme Court elections. The case was brought directly to the court by a writ of mandamus by Allen Loughry, a Republican candidate seeking to use the ...[read more]
February 14, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On February 14, 2010, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Chris van Hollen proposed legislation to ban foreign companies, or those controlled by foreign companies or governments, from making campaign contributions in US elections. The proposal followed the US Supreme Court decision in ...[read more]
August 27, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On August 27, 2009, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut ruled that a Connecticut campaign finance law discriminated against minor party candidates in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The state's Campaign Finance Reform Act, which provided public ...[read more]

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