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Campaign Finance Made Simple
February 14, 2002

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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"Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." ­ The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America

"The Senators and Representatives shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution." ­ Article VI of the Constitution of the United States of America

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God." ­ 5 U.S.C. 3331

Rejected, 237-188, an amendment to H.R.2356 by House Majority Leader Dick Armey that stated that nothing in the bill could violate the First Amendment.

"The ability of unions, corporations and nonprofits to fund broadcast 'issue ads' would be restricted if the ads referred to a federal candidate and ran within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary." ­ Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2002, "Key Provisions: Shays-Meehan."

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