Making Campaign Finance Law Enforceable: Closing the Independent Expenditure Loophole

This Note explores the problems posed by present attempts to define “coordination.” Part I discusses generally the complexities of the coordination problem under Buckley, setting forth the rationale behind the Buckley rule and examining present efforts by Congress and the FEC to enforce the Buckley standards. Part I concludes by proposing a new definition for “coordination” designed to improve enforcement of the Buckley rule. Part II presents an alternative means for remedying the coordination problem. Rather than relying on a redefinition of coordination for proper enforcement of federal election law, this section proposes prophylactic legislation designed to regulate independent spending for political advertising in the electronic media, an area of the electoral forum where coordination is most likely to occur.