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For immediate release -- Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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Miller Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding McCain-Feingold
Campaign Finance Reform Law

Comment of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller:
"I am elated that the Court upheld McCain-Feingold."

Comment of Tom Miller:

"I am elated that the Court upheld McCain-Feingold. The law is a serious effort by Congress to begin addressing many of the concerns that voters in Iowa and throughout the nation have about the financing of federal elections. The decision demonstrates that significant campaign finance reform can be accomplished consistent with the First Amendment. By affirming the constitutionality of this federal legislation the Court also supports the proposition that the States have a similar ability to police their own campaigns and elections."


Miller led a group of twenty states that filed a "friend of the court brief" in August urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), better known as McCain-Feingold.

The amicus curiae or "friend of the court" brief was authored by the States of Vermont, Iowa, and Connecticut in support of the federal government in McConnell v. FEC, the campaign finance reform case before the U.S. Supreme Court. States signing onto the amicus brief were Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also joined the amicus.

The amicus brief made the point that McCain-Feingold is a constitutional exercise of Congress' power to regulate federal elections, and that the legal arguments forwarded by those attacking the reform legislation, if adopted, could seriously impair the ability of the states to enact meaningful campaign finance reforms.

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