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FEC's rules struck down again

Court Deems Campaign Finance Rules Too Weak - Washingtonpost.com
The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled yesterday that the Federal Election Commission has failed to adequately enforce key aspects of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restructuring that Congress passed six years ago, and urged the FEC to write new rules that help prevent corporations, unions and special interest groups from influencing federal elections.

"Basically, we re now getting into our fourth election cycle under McCain-Feingold, and we still don t know what the rules are," said Richard L. Hasen, an election law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

At issue in the case were regulations the FEC wrote in response to the 2002 campaign finance law -- named for Senate sponsors John McCain R-Ariz. and Russell Feingold D-Wis. . Sponsors of the law sued the FEC arguing that the rules were too lax, and the court agreed.

"The question is . . . does the challenged regulation frustrate Congress s goal of prohibiting soft money from being used in connection with federal elections ?" Judge David Tatel wrote for a three-judge panel. "We think it does."

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