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Campaign Finance Reform

March 31, 2000 • Volume 10, Issue 12
Do wealthy donors subvert the democratic process?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

During his unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., put a national spotlight on campaign finance reform. (Photo Credit: CQ Photo/Scott J. Ferrell)
During his unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., put a national spotlight on campaign finance reform. (Photo Credit: CQ Photo/Scott J. Ferrell)

Arizona Sen. John McCain focused his recent White House bid on eliminating the influence of big money in U.S. elections, catapulting the issue to the forefront of the campaign debates. McCain and other reformers -- including Vice President Al Gore -- want to plug the legal loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy individuals to pour huge sums of “soft” money into their favorite political party's coffers. But supporters of the current system say further limits on campaign contributions would violate the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech. Recent campaign finance proposals have gone nowhere in Congress, and the Supreme Court recently declined to pave the way for reform by striking down existing regulations.

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Mar. 29, 1985  Campaign Finance Debate
Oct. 11, 1974  Campaign Spending in Europe and America
May 03, 1956  Campaign Controls
Apr. 18, 1952  Control of Campaign Abuses
Jun. 05, 1946  Campaign Spending and the Law
Apr. 15, 1940  Money in Politics
Jul. 01, 1931  Revision of Federal Corrupt Practices Act
Dec. 01, 1929  The Vare Case
Apr. 06, 1928  Presidential Campaign Funds
Aug. 17, 1926  Excessive Expenditures in Election Campaigns
Aug. 10, 1926  Illegal and Corrupt Practices in Elections
Jul. 16, 1924  Election Costs and Campaign Contributions
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