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What is the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act of 2002?
 
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What are electioneering communications?
 
 

These are defined by the new law as “any broadcast, cable or satellite communication which refers to a clearly identified candidate for federal office” within 60 days before a general election or 30 days before a primary. The law prohibits corporations and unions from using money from their treasuries to pay for these ads, though their political-action committees could pay for them using procedures that call for disclosing the source of the money. Electioneering ads in newspapers and magazines are still permitted and are not affected by the new law.

 
 
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?
 
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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