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Campaign Finance Reform
Last Featured: 8/25/2003

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Before the proverbial "ink was dry" on the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, Senator Mitch McConnell and an array of advocacy groups challenged the law in court. McConnell cited bans on "soft–money" donations and restrictions on advertising and campaign activities to argue that the law is riddled with free speech violations. Congress, he believes, should not try to silence democracy in order to save it. But supporters say saving democracy is what the law is all about. They say that years of special interest money have corrupted the system, disenfranchised the electorate and chased away half of the nation’s eligible voters.

Jan Witold Baran is senior partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP where he heads the firm's Election Law and Government Ethics practice group and a legal analyst for ABC News. He served as General Counsel of the Republican National Committee and the 1988 George Bush presidential campaign. He was a member of Virginia Governor’s Commission on Government Finance Reform and currently serves as the General Counsel and is a member of the Board of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). Mr. Baran represents Senator Mitch McConnell and the Chamber of Commerce in the current lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law.

Bradley S. Phillips is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. His main areas of practice are antitrust, unfair competition, First Amendment, and intellectual property. Mr. Phillips has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and he is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Regional Vice Chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is the former president of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and he served as the Chair of California Common Cause. He is the co-counsel for the Congressional sponsors of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.

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"The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use -- of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off of it."

— Robert F. Kennedy

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McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act
Republican National Committee
Democratic National Committee
Common Cause
The Center for Responsive Politics
The Brennan Center for Justice
Public Citizen
Public Campaign
American Civil Liberties Union
National Rifle Association Institute for Legal Action
Real Campaign Reform
National Right to Life
Buckley Stops Here: Loosening the Judicial Stranglehold on Campaign Finance
by Joshua Rosenkranz
Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook
by Anthony Corrado, Thomas E. Mann, Daniel R. Ortiz, Frank Sorauf (Eds.)
Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform
by Bradley A. Smith
Election Reform
Political Speech in the Race for President
Presidential Primaries