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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?

Because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1976 ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, all regulations affecting the money used in campaigns must be evaluated with the First Amendment in mind. This is because money used in campaigns, especially the money spent by candidates, directly or indirectly supports the expression of political views. As the Supreme Court said in Buckley, “Discussion of public issues and debate on the qualifications of candidates are integral to the operation of the system of government established by our Constitution. The First Amendment affords the broadest protection to such political expression.” Critics of the new law say it violates the First Amendment by sharply restricting the ability of political parties and other groups to convey their views about issues and candidates in elections.

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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