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The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, enacted in March 2002, aimed to limit the amount of financial support interest groups and national political parties could provide to a specific campaign. In 2010, a historic court ruling overturned the reform act. Dr. Kevin Qualls, associate professor in MSU's Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, visits Sounds Good to talk about the significant change created in campaign finance law.

After the Watergate scandals in the 1970s, Congress passed a series of laws to reduce the influence of big donors in politics and to increase transparency. Forty years later, those laws have been weakened by additional legislation and a series of court decisions.

Where the Watergate reforms established a single regulated system used by all candidates to finance their political campaigns, there are now three separate systems.

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A Republican state senator wants to change Tennessee election finance law to exempt churches from having to report campaign spending on "public or private morality." 

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The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has ruled that political candidates are allowed to use crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter to raise money for their own political campaigns.

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A campaign finance bill that would clear the way for larger donor contributions is on the move in the Kentucky House.  

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway has a major financial advantage over Republican Matt Bevin, who has struggled to raise funds and has loaned his campaign $995,100 during the general election period.

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Three Republicans and one Democrat have raised more than $1 million in this year’s race for governor in advance of the May 19 primary election.

Kentucky’s top 10 “power players” in financing election campaigns are mostly Republican Party supporters who dabble heavily in national politics and races in states other than their own.

The 10 biggest political donors gave $4.2 million between them from the beginning of 2011 to this past June 30, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Investigative News Network for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

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A Madisonville lawmaker has filed a countersuit regarding allegations he misused $31,000 of his company’s money to fund campaign activities.

Rep. Ben Waide is the president of Liberty Rehabilitation. His fellow shareholders Lawrence Holmes and Jason Myers charged Waide with using company money to pay for travel and other expenses while pocketing his legislative reimbursement.

Kentucky Candidates Face Confusing Set of Finance Laws

Nov 26, 2013

Candidates are now filing to run for office in Kentucky, and they're facing a confusing set of campaign finance laws, many of which have not been updated in nearly 20 years.

Emily Dennis is general counsel for the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. She told lawmakers today that the tangle of campaign spending laws wastes time and money.