Background on the Parties to Randall v. Sorrell

Background on the Parties to Randall v. Sorrell

January 1, 2005
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For the first time since its decision in Buckley v. Valeo nearly 30 years ago, the Supreme Court has agreed to review the  constitutionality of campaign spending limits.  The case,  Randall v.  Sorrell, No. 04-1528, raises issues that go to the heart of our democracy.  Vermont’s comprehensive reform law was adopted in 1997 out of concern  over the escalating  arms race in campaign fundraising  and  spending that has undermined public confidence in government and turned elected officials into full-time fundraisers.  This fact sheet provides background on the parties in the case