After the Campaign Finance Reform Bill
Kwame Holman talks with party leaders and members of Congress to examine
the impact of the new campaign finance law. (3/29/02)
Reform: Signed, Sealed and Sued
experts from the American Civil Liberties Union and NYU discuss
the constitutionality of the campaign finance bill, which immediately
met with legal challenges upon being signed into law. (3/27/02)
Political Repercussions of CFR
Shields and David Brooks discuss campaign finance reform, Homeland
Security Adviser Tom Ridge and the new military tribunal guidelines.
Passes Campaign Reform, Sends Bill to President Bush
After nearly six years of on-again off-again debate, a sweeping change
to the campaign finance laws is headed to the president. The
Senate passed a compromise bill that bans almost all forms of large,
unregulated donations to political parties. The final vote was 60 to
Sens. Russ Feingold
(D-Wis.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) debate the
bill's impact and the coming fight in the courts. (3/20/02)
Approves Sweeping Campaign Reform, Bill Heads to Senate
Following 16 hours of intense debate, the House approved
a major overhaul of the campaign finance law.
Supporters of the
so-called Shays-Meehan bill called its passage "a death sentence"
on large, unregulated donations to political parties. Despite efforts
to derail the bill, the House approved the final version of the plan
by a 240-to-189 vote. The
proposal now moves to the Senate, where a nearly identical bill
passed last summer. (2/14/02)
Considers Major Campaign Reform Bills
contentious debate, the House of Representatives opened debate on potentially
sweeping reform to the way candidates fund their campaigns. After rejecting two
key alternative versions of campaign finance reform, the House begins
consideration of some 20 amendments to the leading plan, the so-called Shays-Meehan
the Shays-Meehan Bill
Backed by the Christopher
Shays (R-Conn.) and Martin Meehan (D-Mass.), the House approved a modified version
of the bill that moves the implementation date of the new rules until after the
2002 election. (2/13/02)
Sponsored by Republican
Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Democrat Albert Wynn (D-Md.), this substitute proposal resurrects
an earlier version of the Shays-Meehan bill. Ney, who actually opposes both versions
of Shays-Meehan, said the vote will force campaign finance advocates to vote down
stronger restrictions on election spending. Supporters of Shays-Meehan argue the
bill is a so-called "poison pill" that will derail a proposal that has
already passed the Senate. (2/13/02)
Republican leaders, recognizing the campaign finance
debate was coming to the floor, organized a counter-proposal banning all forms
of unregulated donations to political parties, so-called "soft money".
The proposal was backed largely by lawmakers opposed to the larger Shays-Meehan
the Renewed Reform Debate in the House
congressmen discuss the debate over various versions of campaign finance reform
legislation as the House prepares for a vote. (2/12/01)
Fight Delays Campaign Reform Finance Debate
After a rancorous fight over the scope and length of debate, the House voted Thursday
to put off consideration of sweeping campaign finance reform. (7/13/01)
Finance Debate Set in House
to Kwame Holman's report on the eve of the House debate over campaign finance
Then, political journalists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, Jr. assess the
political implications of Thursday's debate. (7/11/01)
McCain and McConnell on Campaign Finance Vote
John McCain (R-AZ) discusses the passage of his campaign finance reform bill.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on his opposition to the campaign
Vote on McCain-Feingold
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Click here for the votes on several
of the key amendments offered during Senate debate.
Gigot and Tom Oliphant discuss the Senate's debate over McCain-Feingold. (3/30/01)
A report on
the final days of Senate debate.
Kwame Holman reports on the vote
on hard money caps. (3/28/01)
Brooks and Tom Oliphant discuss the continuing finance reform debate. (3/28/01)
Kwame Holman reports on the
latest developments in the campaign finance reform fight in the U.S. Senate.
Campaign finance reform debate took
center stage in the Senate this week. (3/23/01)
Mark Shields and Paul Gigot discuss two
weeks of campaign finance reform debate. (3/23/01)
With debate on proposed
campaign finance reform continuing in the Senate, David
Brooks and Tom Oliphant look at the politics behind the fight. (3/2
Freewheeling Senate Debate
A report on efforts
by Senators McCain and Feingold to guide their bill through the Senate. (3/21/01)
Kwame Holman reports on the
opening day of Senate debate on the McCain-Feingold bill. (3/19/01)
Interviews with Sen. John McCain
on his goals for this
His warning of "blood
on the floor of the Senate" if there is no vote. (8/01/00)
Campaign Reform Fights
The Senate kills McCain-Feingold again.
Coverage of Congress' investigation into 1996 campaign fundraising.
The Senate is unable to end debate on the McCain-Feingold proposal.
Congress reopens it efforts to reform the campaign finance system.
A look back at the stormy efforts to reform campaigns in 1988.