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

RNC to file suits over reform law championed by McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. sandy

    RNC shame on you! campaign reform is absolutely needed! too many loop holes can be used to buy elections. that was obvious in the exhorbitant funding garnered by the DNC - illicit contributions and pie-in-the-sky promised netted this election. YOU AT LEAST CAN PUT A STOP TO ONE OF THEM!!

    November 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Cybear

    When are you Lefties going to acknowledge Obama's hypocrisy in throwing over the federal funding system?

    November 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Larry, GA

    Catholic Mom for Obama... It is better if you leave our religion. Try to go to church every sunday and listen to our bishops and priest. Our catholic doctrine is necessary if you are a catholic.

    November 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Carl from MI

    Replicans just figured out that they can't win elections in a fair fight.

    Once again, it's not what's best for our nation... it's what's best for the Republican party.

    Party BEFORE Country...

    This message is brought to you by Republicans for Unfair Elections!

    November 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. abc

    change & reinvent yourself GOP, not sue-happy when your wishes weren't granted. are we the tax payer spending any money on these lawsuits, i hope not.

    November 13, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. T

    Please don't ask that rambling, bag of wind, Sarah Palin what she thinks. inks. The woman absolutely dominates any conversation, nor does she ever answer the question. Gasp! I feel like I can't breath watching her speak, for goodness sake. Right now I am so glad to have cast my vote for Obama/Biden, because the Republicans seem to have so much drama, scandal and lies. Sarah has pissed off the other Govenors at this most recent convention, She's like," give me the mike, let me speak, let me suck up all the air in the room, that's my specialty." They're all dirty!

    November 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Jasmine in Germany

    How about legislation for new laws if you want them instead of filing suits?

    November 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Michael, Houston Texas

    You were a cheerleader for finace reform hmm let's see 3 weeks ago and now you are suing? I know, I know, you think that if you can spend more money, that you can mask the truth from the American people. Like I keep saying, for all you true Republicans who are sick of your party leaders, get out and create your own party. We don't care about how much money you can raise and spend, 65 million peoplesaid enough was enough. The RNC are just flat out idiots! You think you are down now, just wait until the new adminstration makes believers out of 3/4 of your party, you will be like the rest of the small parties in America, enough people to make some noise and not enough to make a difference.

    November 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Simmy

    CNN, was there a recount that I didn't hear about, that gave the election to Sarah Palin?

    Like a fool, I thought our new president was Barack Obama. Very disrespectful to attempt to ignore him and shine the spotlight on the fading light that is Palin. Get over the crush and move on! She's a loser! Millions have agreed and voted for the Winner! Did you not get the memo?

    November 13, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Joe

    There is no question that McCain/Feingold rejects first ammendment rights by limited speech and money put into a campaign. These infringements on 1st ammendment should be overturned and allow whoever wants to advertise/donate do so no matter how much or how close to an election. Our constitution is not a living breathing document and should not be changed by people like Obama and McCain who are much less wise than our founding fathers.

    November 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Scott NYC Independent

    Whats wrong little RNC can't play by the rules anymore. That is the problem with the RNC they don't look to the future. If the regulations were not in place and individuals and corporations could have donated in excess of $2,300 to President-Elect Obama's campaign he would have raise at least a billion dollar all total. These guys are so stupid they are setting themselves up to lose again in 2010 and 2012.

    November 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Joe

    TO CARL IN MICHIGAN----------

    We can only hope that Obama can do better with the U.S economy than Kwame did with the city of Detroit. See what happens when you put unqualified people in important positions.

    November 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Marty, FL


    Do you realize that you contradicted yourself in two short paragraphs? First, you make "half" baseless claims about Obama's funding without any proof. Then, you expose the lie by inquiring where the money comes from in your last sentence. In case you are truly interested, Obama received mainly small donations from almost 3.5 million Americans wanting to be part of a new direction for our country.

    November 13, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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