GOP Lawsuits Aim to Undo McCain-Feingold Reforms

Party challenges limits on 'soft money' donations, coordination with candidate
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 13, 2008 11:30 AM CST
The Republican Party could have helped fund McCain against Obama's fundraising machine if McCain-Feingold limits were looser.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Republican Party, smarting over its defeat at the hands of Barack Obama’s fundraising machine, is suing to defang the campaign-finance bill John McCain sponsored, the Washington Times reports. Two suits to be filed today will challenge the legislation’s limits on so-called “soft money” and the parties’ ability to merge spending efforts with individual campaigns.

There's nothing “corrupting about coordinating with a candidate,” the GOP chairman says, warning that the party will be at a “severe disadvantage” in upcoming races if the limits that impaired John McCain’s presidential bid aren’t reversed. “We have more experience now in how the finance laws work,” Mike Duncan said to explain why he’s challenging the law 6 years after its passage.