Nov. 7, 2016
Reaction to Republican Party of La. v. FEC
Statement of Scott Nelson, attorney with Public Citizen
Note: In a case filed by Louisiana Republicans against the Federal Election Commission, a three-judge panel has upheld the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) provisions challenged in that case, finding no differences between the soft-money provisions upheld in McConnell and RNC and those at issue here. Below is Public Citizen’s reaction.
“We’re very pleased with the court’s ruling, which agrees with many of the points Public Citizen, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center made in our friend-of-the court brief.
Today’s decision marks the third time courts have ringingly upheld BCRA’s prohibition on soft-money contributions to state and local political parties for use to affect federal elections. Those decisions were constitutional in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld them, they were constitutional in 2010 when the Supreme Court upheld them again, and they remain constitutional today.”