And Enron and Coca-Cola and Philip Morris just suddenly decide that they are very interested in campaign reform and kick in some good old soft money
, which the Brennan Center uses to lobby and provide free legal services for an issue of "transcendent importance" to none other than Sen.
Hence the need, it is argued, to ban the soft money
contributions that, for instance, pay for party advertising campaigns that are disproportionately critical of incumbents.
During this election cycle soft money
is coming in at about double the 1996 rate.
The decision upheld the ban on federal candidates soliciting soft money
However, CED's call to inflation-adjust campaign donation limits from $1,000 to $3,000 makes sense, as does its suggested ban on all soft money
donations from corporations, labor unions, or anyone else.
NRLC's legislative director Douglas Johnson argues that these soft money
and "issue ad" restrictions inevitably run afoul of First Amendment protections and a precedent-setting Supreme Court decision, Buckley v.
In campaign finance reform, the LWVUS and coalition partners were successful in defeating a bill that would have returned corrupting soft money
to federal elections, H.
But two years ago, the McCain-Feingold Act prohibited parties from raising soft money
, a goal long sought by liberal newspaper editorialists and good-government activists.
is the term given to the previously unlimited campaign contributions funneled into political parties.
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act went into effect November 6, curbing soft money
contributions and enacting other campaign activity changes dealing with ads preceding an election and new reporting requirements for campaigns.
He also actively supported the ban on soft money
campaign contributions that was signed into law this year.
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) today criticized Senator John McCain for allowing the group Americans for Reform to use the Senate Commerce Committee hearing room to launch a 30-second television commercial supporting the effort to ban soft money
Senate seat from New York State, agreed to stop running ads funded by soft money
That's a personal view, but I just think soft money
is corrupting the system.
Counting independent expenditures, soft money
, and money raised in the primary, the subsidy only accounted for 35 percent of all spending in the 1988 presidential election.