R41542 – The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress – 9/5/2012

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The State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress

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Author: R. Sam Garrett, Specialist in American National Government

Pages: 31

As Congress considers how to proceed, it may be appropriate to take stock of the current landscape and to examine what has changed, what has not, and which policy issues and options might be relevant. This report provides a resource for beginning that discussion. It includes an overview of selected recent events in campaign finance policy and comments on how those events might affect future policy considerations. The most prominent issues are directly related to Citizens United and SpeechNow. Others, such as public financing and FEC matters, would be timely regardless of recent litigation. Historical themes of limiting potential corruption and promoting transparency underlie the debate on each of these issues and on campaign finance policy as a whole. Bills: H.R. 4010, H.R. 359, H.R. 3463, H.R. 408, H.R. 2434, H.R. 5912, H.R. 1404, H.R. 1540, H.R. 2017, H.R. 2354, H.R. 2055, H.R. 672, S. 2219, S. 3369, S. 194, S. 3257, S. 3312, S. 750, S. 749, S. 219, S. 3240