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452 case brief mccon - McConnell v Federal Election Commission 540 U.S 93(2003 The Facts Congress enacted the Bipart isan Campaign Reform Act of

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McConnell v. Federal Election Commission 540 U.S. 93 (2003) The Facts: Congress enacted the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) which amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA). BCRA sought to address three issues of federal election campaigns that came up since Buckley . The act addressed the 1) increased the importance of “soft money” , 2) the production of “issue ads”, and 3) the findings of a Senate investigation which showed corruption between elected officials of the 1996 federal elections and campaign contributors. In effect, the act sought to ban “soft money” donations made directly to parties, limit ad campaigns that unions and corporations could produce, and restricted political parties from using their funds to advertise on behalf of their candidates. The Issues: Is the BCRA violating the first amendment by restricting free speech on the candidates and contributors and does monetary contributions constitute speech. Is the BCRA overbroad by regulating conduct of corporations and unions? The Holding:
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