Magazine article The American Prospect

The Equal Empire. (Networks)

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Equal Empire. (Networks)

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YET ANOTHER CONTROVERSY, ALBEIT A strange one, has erupted on the campaign-finance reform front. The National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) (www.nvri.org) of Boston, representing the interests of minority and poor voters, charges in a lawsuit that McCain-Feingold violates the Constitution. Specifically, the institute alleges that the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform law infringes on equal protection with its higher kits on "hard-money" contributions. In so doing, the lawsuit claims, the law discriminates against voters and candidates based on their economic status.

Not all reformers are on board with the NVRI's approach. Common Cause's Scott Harshbarger calls the charges "misguided" and says that these reformers have gone over to the "evil empire." But the plaintiffs and their lawyers counter that their challenge--in contrast to the ones filed by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (who has himself been called the Darth Vader of campaign-finance reform), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and other antireformers--is narrowly focused and not designed to neuter the law. Furthermore, because all challenges to the legislation are guaranteed to be heard by the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs maintain that it's critical to raise the inequality issue in that venue. …

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