McCain-Feingold Fueled Congress' Shutdown Politics

by - October 17, 2013

The short answer: a one-two punch rewriting of campaign finance law that drove legislators to heed their own parties' extreme elements. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has blamed the 2002 McCain-Feingold reform law, calling it "the worst thing that ever happened to Congress." By taking unlimited "soft money" away from the political parties, but especially from the Republican Party, the law empowered the nascent insurgents at the Club for Growth.

Citizens United, McCain-Feingold Fueled Congress' Shutdown Politics

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