ERIC Number: EJ702235
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Publication Date: 2004-Mar-1
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McConnell v. FEC: Reforming Campaign Finance--Court Upholds Campaign Finance Act Despite First Amendment Dissents
Hudson, David L., Jr.; Williams, Charles F.
Social Education, v68 n2 p142 Mar 2004
In a clear-cut victory for campaign-finance reformers last December, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld virtually the entire Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). McConnell v. FEC, No. 02-1674 (slip opinion available on the web at www.supremecourtus.gov). The Court's 298-page ruling rejected the free speech and other constitutional arguments pressed by an impressive array of challengers who had filed eleven suits against the law. In relation to this subject, this article offers 3 teaching activities, suggestions for in depth research exercises, as well as questions and subjects, and comparisons to stimulate lively and thought provoking class discussions.
Descriptors: Opinions, Internet, Constitutional Law, Elections, Political Campaigns, Social Studies, Classroom Techniques, Group Discussion
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