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Forum Post: Bi-PArtisan Effort to End Citizens United

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 7, 2012, 9:41 p.m. EST by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL
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I know it is hard for some here to imagine that there are those on the right that want to get the $$$ out of politics....But its the case.

http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/ma-overturn-cu

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[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20662) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Interesting - a link to the CoffeeParty - the dems answer to the tea party. Like OWS, they call for bipartisanship.

Calls for bipartisanship ignore the state that exists in Congress itself.

They gave me the boot - several times for my rabid anti-repelican sentiments . . . but the final straw was my insistence that one of the operators of the site was a repelican. That didn't go over well . . .

And yes - it seems to establish that I can indeed be wrong. It happens.

Another interesting point - it was a Dem in the Senate who cast the lone vote opposing the measure. The Mass voters should give that legislator the boot.

Another point worth mentioning - this occurred at the State level - where the dynamic can be quite a bit different than it is at the federal level.

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

McCain-Feingold never happened

LOL

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81, enacted March 27, 2002, H.R. 2356) is a United States federal law that amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which regulates the financing of political campaigns. Its chief sponsors were Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and John McCain (R-AZ). The law became effective on 6 November 2002, and the new legal limits became effective on January 1, 2003.[1]

As noted in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, a United States Supreme Court ruling on the BCRA, the Act was designed to address two issues:

The increased role of soft money in campaign financing, by prohibiting national political party committees from raising or spending any funds not subject to federal limits, even for state and local races or issue discussion;

The proliferation of issue advocacy ads, by defining as "electioneering communications" broadcast ads that name a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or caucus or 60 days of a general election, and prohibiting any such ad paid for by a corporation (including non-profit issue organizations such as Right to Life or the Environmental Defense Fund) or paid for by an unincorporated entity using any corporate or union general treasury funds. The decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission overturns this provision, but not the ban on foreign corporations or foreign nationals in decisions regarding political spending.[2]

Although the legislation is known as "McCain–Feingold", the Senate version is not the bill that became law. Instead, the companion legislation, H.R. 2356—introduced by Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT), is the version that became law. Shays–Meehan was originally introduced as H.R. 380.[3]