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From the authors of Legislative Labyrinth: Congress and Campaign Finance Reform. Elections, the basic mechanism of representative democracy, should be untainted by corruption and provide a platform for free speech. But running for office takes money—a lot of it, usually—which means campaign finance has become a pitched battle over the fundamental political values of free speech versus fair elections. With insiders' perspectives, Farrar-Myers and Dwyre tell the story of what it took to pass campaign finance legislation, provide analysis of the subsequent court action, and explore the regulatory and electoral outcomes of reform efforts. Limits and Loopholes is a story about incremental policymaking and inter-branch struggle, about institutional design and unintended consequences, about the influence of interest groups and the media, and about the health of our representative democracy. Bringing together discussions of core values and the policymaking process, this book serves as an excellent case study that traces an issue from inception, through legislation and litigation, and finally to implementation.

From the Halls of Congress to the Supreme Court: The Impact of Judicial Interpretation on Public Policy
From the halls of congress to the supreme court: The impact of judicial interpretation on public policy

The universe of campaign finance regulation is one this Court has in part created and in part permitted by its course of decisions.

U.S. Supreme Court, Randall v. Sorrell (2006) (Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, concurring).

As the debate on the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) was reaching its conclusion, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky repeatedly promised that he would be the lead plaintiff in a court case challenging the constitutionality of the Act. Within hours of President Bush signing BCRA into law, McConnell made good on that promise and filed a ...

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