November 13th, 2008
12:21 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC to file suits over reform law championed by McCain

The RNC announced Thursday that it is filing two lawsuits about the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill.
The RNC announced Thursday that it is filing two lawsuits about the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee is taking aim at the campaign finance reform law that is one of the trademark legislative achievements of the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain.

The RNC announced Thursday that it will file two lawsuits challenging portions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, a major overhaul of federal campaign finance law enacted in 2002 that ban so-called “soft money” from the federal elections and that is commonly referred to as the “McCain-Feingold” bill after its two Senate sponsors.

A suit to be filed in Louisiana federal district court challenges the law’s limits on the amount of money national and state political parties may spend in coordination with candidates for seeking federal offices.

A second suit to be filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges the McCain-Feingold bill’s ban on the use of “soft money” for activities that are not related to campaigns for federal office.

The RNC is charging that challenged portions of the law violate the First Amendment. “The RNC must have the ability to support state candidates, coordinate expenditures with our candidates, and truly engage in political activity on a national level,” RNC chairman Mike Duncan said in a statement released Thursday. “The RNC has operated under and complied with these provisions of the law since their enactment, and as applied it is unconstitutional,” Duncan added.

Duncan and RNC lawyers are set to discuss the two suits with reporters in a conference call Thursday afternoon.


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soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Why not solve this problem in a truly democratic manner – ban all private contributions and limit campaign funding to public financing. Force candidates to run on their accomplishments instead of their bankroll.

    November 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    The RNC and political pundits just can't get past the fact that Obama won because he has proven to the majority of voters that he is a stronger leader with better policies.

    November 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Jim Flynt

    Thank you CNN for not having a picture of the Alaska idiot on your web site front page. I'm so tired ofr having to see her picture for the 100000000000000000000000000000000000000th time and getting the urge to puke again!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Jose EL Plumber

    The fact that idiots in the GOP are trying to run moose barbie in 2012. Shows that this election taught the GOP nothing.

    November 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Va4Obama

    Really now? This should be interesting....

    November 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    “The RNC must have the ability to support state candidates, coordinate expenditures with our candidates, and truly engage in political activity on a national level,” RNC chairman Mike Duncan said.

    In other words, the RNC, and presumably the Democrats as well, want to go on being able to buy elections with money derived from lobbyists, companies, and unions, thereby rendering the contributions of private citizens irrelevant.

    A country of the power groups, by the power groups and for the power groups. All us poor schmucks at the bottom of the political food chain have to do is shut up, get robbed in taxes, and obey every idiot law the morons dream up.

    November 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. bruce FORMER REPUBLICAN FROM MA.

    Guess who is on the low end of the feeding chart... Yup the defeated
    Presidential Candidate... You Betcha...

    Yup its that old(69yrs)-retired-white guy from Ma. Former Republican

    You betcha...

    Bruce

    November 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Patty in the CA mountains

    Well now...I love it....the truth finally is exposed showing which side really has been blocking finance reform. After all the chatter from the 'right' about how Obama used more money, complaints about lobbyists, etc. Hehehehehe......They can blame it on the Dems all they want, but when the rubber hits the road, they are responsible.

    November 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Sharen in Ohio

    First they lose, and now they eat their young.

    November 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. MikeH

    So John, do you still want to campaign for Saxby Chambliss when your own political party repudiates your legislation?

    It is the dying animal that attacks its own body.

    November 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Andrew

    There is no real bipartisanship with the republicans. Its more like my way or the highway mentality. This is why they were voted out and will continue to be over the next years.

    November 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Georgia Voter

    Republicans are upset that their mean spirited campaign ads haven't worked. It's pathetic.

    November 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Brian NY

    Why is everyone writing about the 2012 elections? There is no such thing. Obama has already started consolidating his power. He will be president for many years to come, only the term president may be replaced with something like Supreme Leader or Emperor.

    November 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Laverne

    The repubs are already trying to figure out a way to stop Obama and dems next time around. Good luck, cause while you are going down that avenue, Obama and the dems will out smart you and go down another avenue. This is hilarious to watch the repubs squirm!

    November 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. voter

    I guess since the RNC does not have a way to counter Obama's online fundraising, the RNC wants to reverse the McCain law so they can raise more money from lobbiest. They can use the soft money for more corruption so they can lie and cheat their way into office.

    November 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Michael G Ventura,CA

    The RNC is consistent-
    FEAR, SMEAR and LAW SUITS. I am so glad I saw the light years ago and became a Democrat!

    November 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    If Republicans want a way to finance their campaigns, let them go get it from their constituents!

    The problem with these sticky right wing snakes is that under the auspices of "First Amendment" rights they will actually be looking for a way to have Corporate PACs, Special Interest Groups, and Lobbyists fund their campaings without the limits now imposed.

    That's not American! Let the voters fund their candidates' campaigns – not the oil companies!

    November 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Noah

    I have always thought that McCain-Feingold was a ban on free speech, so I am all for this.

    November 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. GLD321

    Interesting the Republicans are trying to overturn something bipartisan

    November 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. President Barack Obama

    W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S.....
    Why do we treat everything like a reality show...

    People are suffering & losing their jobs & homes in REAL TIME and we discussing Palin & McCain. W H O R E A L L Y C A R E S.....??

    November 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. John

    Someone throw them a towel their tears are running down their shirt

    November 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. katiec

    Will they never learn??
    People are so sick of the republicans dirty tricks, sleeze and total disregard what is moral. And do not tell me they havent found and used every loophole to get around what is put into place to try and
    keep the campaigns half way fair.
    Who are you people?? Why have we elected politicians such
    as they to have any say so about the future of our country?

    November 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    So now the Republicans are filing suit against campaign finance laws that were established by McCain-Feingold. The Republicans were financial outgunned by the Obama campaign–therefore we need to reform the laws to allow us more of the financial pie. It is so evident that they are planning the potential purchase of the next election–good luck Republicans-the Deomcrats rule the roost.

    November 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. ron

    Nice try mcbush. i hope someone is fighting this. mcbush wants to make sure only corrupt politicians in bed with lobbyists get voted in. Forget about the people.

    November 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. ChicagoJosh

    Hmm, why didn't the RNC file this earlier?? Is the GOP having internal problems??

    November 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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