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The 'Major Purpose' Test: Distinguishing Between Election-Focused and Issue-Focused Groups


Edward B. Foley


Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law


Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 31, 2004

Abstract:     
This essay addresses a constitutional question unresolved by McConnell v. FEC, a question crucial to the current controversy over the regulation of non-party interest groups. The question is whether it is permissible to limit the contributions that non-party groups receive from individual donors to a specified amount - for example, $5000 per donor per year - when any electioneering activities undertaken by the group are conducted independently from the activities of political parties and their candidates. Drawing on the foundational precedent of Buckley v. Valeo, this essay argues that the answer to this constitutional question should turn on whether the non-party group is either election-focused or issue-focused in the predominant portion of its activities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: buckley, elections, campaign finance, mcconnell, First Amendment

JEL Classification: D72, K23

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Date posted: May 4, 2004  

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Foley, Edward B., The 'Major Purpose' Test: Distinguishing Between Election-Focused and Issue-Focused Groups. Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 31, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=535744

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