This Article is an analysis of current legislation, case law and election law policy regarding campaign finance disclosure rules and the need for a truly independent Federal Election Commission to efficiently enforce existing election laws. Admittedly, this article isn’t as theoretical as other scholarly works on this subject, however, since campaign finance reform is a rather complex subject, I didn’t want to get caught up in the endless minutiae of legislative and court opinion other than a general review in the context of the case at bar as well as the present state of campaign finance reform policy. I also wanted to avoid getting bogged down in the litany technical arguments about who can give, what, when, where, how much and at what time? As a predicate to this apologetic I will use the ongoing case Paul v. Clinton, et al., and will address a critical issue of this, now, seven year long case. Does the public have a right to know who contributed to political campaigns and how much they contributed?
- election law,
- campaign finance reform
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