Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002
The FEC has crafted rules to implement the Reform Act. The Legal Center participated in that process by submitting comments and testifying on the Commission's draft rules during public comment periods.
Congressional sponsors of the Reform Act challenged many of the FEC's rules in the Shays v. FEC
litigation. In September 2004, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidated fifteen of the nineteen challenged Reform Act implementing rules and ordered the FEC to rewrite the rules. The FEC has appealed the district court decision with regard to five invalidated rules but, early in 2005, began the process of rewriting the other invalidated rules. To view case documents for this litigation, please click on "Court Cases of Interest" on the menu at the far left of this page.
McConnell v. FEC
The lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 - eleven suits brought by more than 80 plaintiffs - were consolidated as McConnell v. FEC. The defendants in the case were the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission; the Act's principal congressional sponsors - Senators McCain, Feingold, Snowe and Jeffords and Congressmen Meehan and Shays -were intervenor-defendants. The Legal Center 's attorneys were among the counsel to the congressional sponsors.
A three-judge trial panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a mixed decision on the law's constitutionality on May 1, 2003 .
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on December 10, 2004 , upholding all key aspects of the Reform Act.