Campaign Finance: Debating For Dollars

As McCain pushes his bill, suspense builds, with the outcome anyone's guess

John McCain's crusade for campaign-finance reform has attracted plenty of well-wishers over the years, but his Republican colleagues in the Senate have not often been among them. His attempt to get the bill past a G.O.P. filibuster in 1999 set off one of the nastiest Senate confrontations in recent memory, as members of his own party ganged up to smother his reform. So it was both a good omen and a bit of a surprise that last week, as McCain launched yet another attempt, the bouquet of flowers he received came not just from a Republican but from one sponsoring a...

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