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Court Stays McCain-Feingold Ruling

Monday, May 26, 2003

The specially-created federal panel of judges that issued the decision on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance "reform" law has stayed its decision. This means until the Supreme Court reviews the lower court`s decision, the laws governing campaign activities will be those outlined in the McCain-Feingold law.

The court`s original decision actually expanded McCain-Feingold`s prohibition on running issue-related broadcast ads. The statute, as passed, prohibited groups like NRA from running these kinds of ads during the critical months leading up to an election. The court`s decision, however, prohibited these ads from running at any time during the year. By staying its ruling, NRA is able to forge ahead with ads criticizing Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others for their intransigence on S. 659—the Senate`s lawsuit preemption bill. If the court had not taken this remedial action, NRA would have been prohibited from running such ads. It will be up to the Supreme Court to render the final decision on the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold law.

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