Wednesday, April 25, 2007

US Supreme Court hears arguments on Campaign Finance Law Limits

Today the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003 (BCRA) in the cases of McCain v Wisconsin Right to Life and FEC v Wisconsin Right to Life (court briefs). At issue is the the restrictions placed on groups that limit their right to lobby Congress on specific issues during an election campaign. The law forbids most corporate entities from targeting specific candidates in ads right before an election.

This is the third challenge to this law in four years, and the outcome will affect the upcoming 2008 election. The BCRA is only one of the laws enforced by the Federal Elections Commission. For more information on elections, check out the library's Elections and Voting page.

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