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A Changing Landscape: Life After McCain-Feingold for Florida's Political Parties

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Abstract:

This study looks at contributions raised by Florida's two state political party committees during the first 18 months of the past four election cycles, to examine how -- or if -- their fundraising has changed since Congress passed campaign finance-reforms that, among other things, banned money raised through large, unlimited contributions.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), also known as the McCain-Feingold Act, went into effect November 8, 2002, the day after the election. Before that time, the six national party committees could raise two types of money.