The Washington Post: Provisions attached to budget bills could reshape campaign finance laws


A handful of provisions tucked into a pair of must-pass bills under consideration in Congress this month could reshape the financing of political campaigns and give further cover to donors who want to keep their contributions private.


“The reason we limit the amount that any individual donor can give to a presidential candidate is to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption,” said Brendan Fischer, who directs the federal regulatory work of the advocacy group Campaign Legal Center. “Big donors likely will expect a level of gratitude from the candidate in a size commensurate with the size of the check.”

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