Campaign Reform
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  • Write an essay in which you discuss campaign finance reform and its effect on the following.
  • Interest Groups and PACs
    • What effect did the reforms of the 1970s have on these?
    • What effect is the current reform legislation likely to have?
  • Political Parties
    • Does it strengthen or weaken them?
    • Does it affect one party more than another?
  • Public Opinion
  • Participation in the Political Process
  • Voting and Voter Turnout
  • What effect have all of these things had on campaign finance reform?  Your essay should begin with the history and background of reform and its effects.  What brought us to where we are today?  Analyze the proposed legislation and its probable effects.  
  • Use the following information, The Power Game, and your textbook to write your essay.

Campaign Finance Reform

Historical Background for Campaign Finance Laws

Administering and Enforcing the FECA

Key Issues Before the FEC

Debate Over Reform

Federal Election Commission

Federal Corrupt Practices Act of 1925

Federal Elections Campaign Laws

State Campaign Finance Laws

Buckley v. Valeo (1976)

Buckley in a Nutshell

Washington Post on Campaign Finance Reform

This Nation on Campaign Finance Reform

McCain-Feingold (Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001)

Key Provisions


Key Provisions

Court Tests Likely For Shays-Meehan