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  1. Elections Reform (National Voting Rights Institute)
      "Founded in 1994, the National Voting Rights Institute is a prominent non-partisan legal center in the campaign finance reform field. Through litigation and public education, the Institute aims to redefine the issue of private money in public elections as the nation's newest voting rights barrier, and to vindicate the constitutional right of all citizens, regardless of their economic status, to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis." 12-04

  2. Finance Reform Passes the U.S. House (Time.com - Waller)
      Describes new legislation that is designed to prevent corporations, associations, and other powerful groups from buying power in U.S. elections through contributions to political campaigns. 2-02

  3. Portland Campaign Finance Reform (Portlandonline.com)
      Provides information on an attempt to clean laws related to Portland's political campaigns. Currently, candidates are not limited in the amount or sources of funds they can collect. 4-04

  4. What Corporate Money Buys in Government (PBS NOW - Moyers)
      "On March 2002 the U.S. Senate passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, commonly known as the McCain-Feingold Bill. It's the biggest reform of the nation's campaign finance system since the days of Watergate. Its highlight: a total ban on the large, unregulated donations to the national Republican and Democratic parties known as soft money." Some have sued to stop this legislation and this has, in turn, revealed immense corporate power in government, purchased by corporations. "Internal documents from the Republican and Democratic parties including personal letters and emails which show party officials routinely discussing policy issues and offering access to elected officials in obtaining large contributions. About 100 pages of those documents have been released so far. Many more remain secret because of the objections of some of those named in the case. But even the few that are available have been enough to cause a stir." 2-02

   
   


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