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Supreme Court Rules on Campaign Finance Case: The Legal and Political Impact of McConnell v. FEC

In an eagerly anticipated decision on McConnell v. FEC, the Supreme Court Wednesday upheld all major provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, popularly called “McCain-Feingold” after its sponsors in the Senate, John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.). The Court’s lengthy opinion on this complex piece of legislation raises a host of legal and political questions.

On Thursday afternoon, Brookings will convene a panel of experts, including participants in the Supreme Court case, that will assess McConnell v. FEC and the impact the Court’s decision will have on campaign finance law and practice.





Kenneth W. Starr

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, and Counsel of Record for Plaintiffs in McConnell v. FEC; Former Solicitor General


Seth P. Waxman

Partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Counsel of Record for Intervenor-Defendants in McConnell v. FEC; Former Solicitor General


Trevor Potter

Former Brookings Expert

Attorney - Caplin & Drysdale

Founding President; General Counsel - Campaign Legal Center

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