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Court refuses to reconsider decision requiring FEC to toughen campaign finance rules

[JURIST] The full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] has declined to reconsider a decision [PDF text; JURIST report] requiring the Federal Election Commission [official website] to write new rules implementing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 [FEC backgrounder]. The law bans congressional and presidential candidates from raising corporate and union money and from receiving unlimited donations from all sources. It also bans the use of corporate and union money for election-time ads. Last year, a district judge ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] that FEC regulations improperly weakened the BCRA. According to Commissioner Michael Toner, the FEC must now start drafting tougher rules regarding political donations, including how Internet activity will be governed. The FEC may still appeal to the Supreme Court, but has not indicated whether it planned to do so. AP has more.

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