Nation: BCRA Gang Reunites for Amicus Brief

Posted March 9, 2009 at 6:22pm

The original bipartisan quartet who co-sponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 — two of whom are no longer in Congress — this week weighed into a recent Republican National Committee challenge of the law’s ban on soft money.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed on Monday, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), along with former Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), urged the three-judge panel for the D.C. District Court not to issue summary judgment on behalf of the RNC in the case.

Last November, the committee asked the court to throw out BCRA-related soft money curbs that prohibit the RNC and other national parties from raising money under state contribution limits, which often have looser campaign finance restrictions.

The four are represented in their case by Campaign Legal Center lawyers, including McCain’s presidential campaign lawyer Trevor Potter, the group’s president.

Go Your Own Way or Join Members at Show

At least three Democratic House Members won’t stop thinkin’ about tomorrow tonight, as they host fundraisers at the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Reps. Ellen Tauscher (Calif.) and Joe Crowley (N.Y.), as well as Harvest PAC, the political action committee of Rep. Allen Boyd (Fla.), will make loving fun by luring supporters to the concert.

Thousands of the band’s enthusiasts will go their own way to see the show, but Tauscher’s and Crowley’s fans will pay $1,000 for the privilege (PACs will pay $2,000) and PACs will pay Harvest $2,500 to attend.