The Restriction of Political Associational Rights under Current Campaign Finance Reform First Amendment Jurisprudence
Stephanie A. Sprague
Throughout the twentieth century, Congress has attempted to rid politics of the corrupting influence of money. Unfortunately these various attempts have failed. In 1971, in response to the Watergate Scandal, Congress passed the Federal Election Campaign Act (“FECA”), which places vast restrictions on both campaign contributions and candidates’ campaign expenditures. FECA was challenged as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech in the seminal case Buckley v. Valeo. . . .