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The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 ("BCRA") is the laboratory in campaign finance law. When analyzing BCRA, it is important to look at the Missouri state law that led to the Supreme Court case, Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC. In Shrink Missouri, five justices upheld Missouri's relatively low simple limit on contributions to candidates. The law in Missouri limited contributions by anyone to candidates, but there was no limit as to how much a person or entity could give to a political party committee or to a political action committee (PAC). Further, there was no limit on how much a committee could give to another committee or any limits on contributions or spending by corporations, unions, or PACs.


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56 Admin. L. Rev. 867-870 (2004)