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Unpublished Paper
Paul v. The Clintons, et al: FEC Complicity and a Plea for Real and Present Campaign Finance Reform
ExpressO (2008)
  • Ellis Washington, Savannah State University
Abstract

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?

Keywords
  • election law,
  • FEC,
  • McCain-Feingold,
  • campaign finance reform
Disciplines
Publication Date
December 19, 2008
Citation Information
Ellis Washington. "Paul v. The Clintons, et al: FEC Complicity and a Plea for Real and Present Campaign Finance Reform" ExpressO (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ellis_washington/2/