July 30, 2000

Federal and State Campaign Finance Reform


Standing Committee on Election Law
Section of Business Law
Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Adopted by the House of Delegates
July 2000

RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association urges the adoption by Congress and state and territorial legislatures of campaign finance reform legislation that strives to achieve the following goals:

  • ensure full disclosure of all money raised and spent in federal, state, local and territorial election campaigns;
  • promote full participation by all Americans in the electoral process; establish realistic limits on hard money campaign contributions to eliminate corruption and the appearance of corruption in election campaigns and the legislative process;
  • provide adequate enforcement resources and authority -- including the power to conduct random audits -- and organizational structure, to federal, state, local and territorial campaign regulatory agencies; and
  • adopt existing ABA policy opposing the solicitation and use of soft money contributions in federal election campaigns and supporting public financing of congressional and presidential campaigns.