Whatever Happened to Campaign Finance Reform?

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Two years ago, the McCain-Feingold Law, named for Senate Republican John McCain and Democrat Russ Feingold, became the first campaign finance reform in a generation. Like all campaign finance reforms, it was designed to prevent individuals or special interest groups from buying access to elected officials. Democrats supported it, despite predictions that it would limit their use of -soft money,- but supporters of John Kerry may be demonstrating otherwise. The Bush-Kerry campaign is the first test of the new law, but even its authors say interest groups have found ways around it. Have Democrats and Republicans changed sides on the issue? Warren Olney takes examines attempts to control the influence of money in politics with journalists, public policy experts, advocates for government accountability, and the former political director of the California Republican Party.
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Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 1997 (McCain-Feingold Law)


America Coming Together

The Media Fund


Bush campaign

Kerry campaign

Anderson's column on The Media Fund



Warren Olney