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Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Law

On Wednesday December 10, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on "soft money" contributions to national political parties. In a 5-4 ruling, the...
December 16, 2003

On Wednesday December 10, the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on "soft money" contributions to national political parties. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court also upheld restrictions on advertising by interest groups in the weeks before an election, but struck down other provisions of the McCain-Feingold law passed by Congress in 2002.  The law was scheduled to go into effect following the November 2002 elections, but was put on hold pending a court challenge by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and others. This decision clears the way for the portions of the law sustained by the high court to go into effect for the 2004 elections.