|December 4, 2002. On December 4 and 5, 2002 a three-judge
panel of the U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in the consolidated McConnell v.
FEC suit challenging the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. RNC Chairman Marc Racicot talked to reporters while some of the members of the plaintiffs' legal team looked on. [L-R: Benjamin L. Ginsberg (Patton Boggs LLP), unidentified, Bobby Burchfield (Covington & Burling), Mike Carvin (Jones Day), RNC Chief Counsel Tom Josefiak, RNC Press Secretary Jim Dyke, and RNC Deputy Counsel Charlie Spies].
The introduction to the RNC brief (Party and Candidate Soft Money Provisions) charged that Title I of the BCRA:
"...is an assault on the federal structure of American government, exceeding Congress' delegated authority and infringing the principles of federalism embodied in the Constitution";See Plaintiffs' Briefs on the Campaign And Media Legal Center website.
Copyright © 2002 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.