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What is the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act of 2002?
 
What is soft money and why is it being regulated?
 
What are electioneering communications?
 
What are the First Amendment concerns raised by the new campaign-finance law?
 
How do campaign-finance law supporters respond to the First Amendment issues raised?
 
How have the courts assessed the BCRA?
 
 

The law itself spelled out an expedited process for handling the inevitable legal challenges to the law. A three-judge panel in the District of Columbia held hearings at which evidence of the impact of campaign contributions was introduced. After months of deliberation, the panel issued its ruling in May 2003. The panel, comprised of appeals court Judge Karen Henderson and district Judges Colleen Kollar-Kotelly and Richard Leon, produced more than 1,600 pages of mix-and-match opinions that upheld some provisions of the law but struck down others. Commentators generally agreed that because of its fractured findings and conclusions, the ruling did little to help the Supreme Court as it undertook its own assessment of the law.

 
 
How did the Supreme Court handle the case?
 
How did the Supreme Court rule on the BCRA?
 
Why is judicial campaign speech treated differently from other types of campaign speech?
 
I work with a political committee. Am I required to put a disclaimer on e-mails or on our Web site?
 
May I send an e-mail to a friend about a political topic or federal election without worrying about a disclaimer?
 
May I create my own personal political blog? May I post to another’s political blog?
 
What if I pay to place a political ad on someone else’s Web page? Would I be subject to any rules and regulations?
 
The company I work for provides commercial services online. May we provide our services to political committees and candidates?
 
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