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Lessons Learned from McConnell v. FEC

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Abstract:

On January 16, 2004, representatives of the national reform community came together to discuss the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in McConnell v. FEC . This one-day conference analyzed the origins, holdings and consequences of the McConnell decision. The record and pleadings on which the Supreme Court relied in upholding the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 were the result of the efforts of many in the reform community from those who published research on campaign finance and authored the legislation to those who presented the legal defense of the law. The conference panelists were intricately involved in defending BCRA either as counsel in the case, counsel for amici, or as expert witnesses.