Campaign Finance

A ray of bipartisanship is brightening prospects for that most partisan of all issues, campaign-finance reform. To end the gridlock that has stalled the issue for years, Senator David L. Boren (D-Okla.), author of a Democratic reform proposal, and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the plan's harshest critic, have begun a search for some common ground. Best prospects for agreement are restrictions on political action committees, moves to strengthen the funding role of political parties, and tougher enforcement powers for the toothless Federal Election Commission. The hardest issue to resolve: Democratic calls for campaign spending limits linked to public financing of congressional elections.

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