Fifteen years ago today, Republican President George W. Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which tackled some of the most egregious campaign finance problems of the day.
Most notably, the law prohibited political parties from raising unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and unions, so-called “soft money” contributions. The measure, also known as McCain-Feingold after its chief sponsors in the U.S. Senate, further created new disclosure rules for issue ads that mentioned candidates ahead of an election.
But money still has an outsized role in politics today. That’s why Issue One is calling on Congress to double down on bipartisan solutions to fix our broken system.