The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) represents a major change in federal campaign finance law, preserving the integrity of existing contribution limits by placing limits on "soft money" in federal elections. The BCRA, and McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, which upheld it, will have significant effects on the role of non-profit organizations in federal elections. As the BCRA now limits the use of soft money by state and national political parties, much of this money will be channeled to such non-profit groups.

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