03/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

DNC And RNC Join Forces Over Campaign Finance Law

The Democratic National Committee is backing a piece of trademark legislation championed by former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain -- asking the courts to allow it to defend the McCain Feingold campaign finance reform law against a challenge by the Republican National Committee.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, commonly known as the McCain Feingold bill after its two Senate sponsors, banned so-called "soft money" - funds not subject to federal contribution limits and other restrictions - from use in federal elections and, at the same time, increased the contribution limits for "hard money," or money subject to federal limits and restrictions.

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