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Millionaires’ Dilemma

Gordon Dickerson
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 22, 2008

I don’t say this often, but thanks to NPR — for pointing out Tuesday morning that, while Clinton and Obama are duking it out for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania, John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, will be at the Supreme Court, at least in spirit.

The robed nine will be hearing oral arguments in a case involving the so-called "millionaires’ amendment" to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

As The New York Times described it,

The millionaires’ amendment, or Section 319 of the McCain-Feingold law, is triggered when a candidate for the House of Representatives spends more than $350,000 in personal funds on his or her own campaign. The candidate’s opponent is then allowed, if certain other conditions are met, to accept larger campaign contributions than the law would normally permit.

While McCain will no doubt be interested in how the high court sorts this one out, he has more immediate legal concerns. The Democratic National Committee this month went to court, trying to get the Federal Election Commission to investigate his decision to unilaterally withdraw from the FEC’s matching funds program. The DNC  also charges that McCain’s campaign is breaking the spending limits it agreed to when applying for the matching funds.

One thing is clear: it’s a good time to be a campaign finance lawyer.

Gordon Dickerson | Gordon Dickerson is the founder of J.C.H, a one-person company that helps employers with resumes, cover letters, bios, LinkedIn profiles, and other employment-related documents. John also provides career coaching and advice on how to follow up on resumes, and he will also link clients with recruiters in their field. Gordon 's inherent passion for working with people and counseling them on their careers led him to extend his services to include career coaching, which he has been happily doing since 2008.


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