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  • Backgrounder posted July 19, 1999 by James Bopp Campaign Finance "Reform": The Good, The Bad and the Unconstitutional

    [The First Amendment] reflects our "profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open." In a republic where the people [and not their legislators] are sovereign, the ability of the citizenry to make informed choices among candidates for office is essential, for the identities of those who are…

  • Executive Summary posted July 19, 1999 by James Bopp Executive Summary: Campaign Finance "Reform": The Good, the Bad, and the Unconstitutional

    Campaign finance reform soon will be debated in the U.S. Senate. The problems with the current campaign financing system that are identified by the most vocal reformers, however, are not real problems for Americans who want more of a say in who is elected and what policies public officials pursue. And although incumbent officeholders in Washington, D.C., may…

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