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Publication Date: August 2004

Publisher(s): Campaign Legal Center

Author(s): Trevor Potter; Dan Ortiz; Tony Corrado; Marianne Viray


Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)
Politics (Elections and voting)
Politics (Political ethics)

Keywords: campaign finance ; campaign finance law

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The Campaign Finance Guide is an all-inclusive briefing on federal campaign finance laws produced in the wake of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, better known as McCain-Feingold. The Campaign Legal Center produced this comprehensive guide with three months remaining in the first election cycle. At that important time, it provided simple explanations about the complex new campaign finance rules.

The guide lays out the laws in terms that clarify for candidates and donors how they can operate within the new regulations. The Center distributed thousands of copies of the Finance Guide to all federal candidates as well as to party leaders, academic institutions, and citizen organizations. The online version of the Finance Guide includes additional links and is updated as developments occur in federal campaign finance law.