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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.

Through the Regulatory Wringer: The Federal Election Commission Takes on BCRA
Through the regulatory wringer: The federal election commission takes on BCRA

“The happy warriors are back at work, and we will prevail …we will not be thwarted by an unelected group of bureaucrats,” proclaimed Senator John McCain at a June 26, 2002 news conference.1 Senator McCain was reacting to regulations proposed by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to implement and enforce the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). The BCRA lawmakers accused the FEC of ignoring the intent of the law and of replacing Congress's goals with its own political agenda. McCain and his colleagues were determined to make sure that what they intended to do with their landmark campaign finance legislation would not ...

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