McCain-Feingold Debate Begins

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This week the Senate takes up campaign finance reform for the first time since 1993. Republican John McCain and Democrat Russ Feingold are leading the fight to ban the unregulated soft money that they say poisons American politics. Surprisingly, big business and labor call the cure worse than the disease. Others believe that the reforms won't really change things. We examine the stakes in the Senate's marathon debate and get some new ideas on reform, with legal experts, representatives from business and labor, former senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley. (Matt Miller guest hosts.)
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The Brookings Institution

Business-Industry Political Action Committee

Council on Foreign Relations

Federal Election Commission

National Journal

The New Yorker

Senate Campaign Finance Reform Bill (S. 22)

U.S./Middle East Project

Yale Law School



Warren Olney