Campaign Finance Reform
Each year billions of dollars are spent on getting candidates of various offices of government elected. Many candidates have had tremendous success through the efforts of much needed monetary contributions to their campaign. Contributors range from unions, religious leaders, organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and senior citizens groups. When these groups, known as special interest groups, donate to candidate’s campaign, they expect the candidate to respond to their issues. Because special interest groups, as well as private citizens donate more and more money to campaigns, there is some concern that there is a great need for campaign finance reform.
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Many provisions of the BCRA are framed in terms of “federal election activities” this term includes voter registration activity, voter identification, generic campaign activities, and get-out the-vote activities that are conducted in connection with an election in which one or more candidates for federal office appear on the ballot, a public communication that refers to a clearly-identified federal candidate and that promotes, supports, attacks or opposes any federal candidate, services provided by an employee of a state, district or local party committee who spends more than 25 percent of his or her compensated time during that month on activities in connection with a federal election (FEC, 2002, p. 2)