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The political finance database is a leading source of comparative information and for those interested in money in politics the database answers forty three fundamental questions on political finance within four broad categories. It has one of the nation's oldest campaign finance laws, approved by voters in 1912 after a copper baron, william a clark of butte, bribed members of the state legislature to get a united. In general, regardless of a particular state's rules regarding political expression in the workplace, an employer can discipline or discharge an employee for legitimate, business-related reasons, even if the conduct involves political expression at work. The federal election campaign act amendments of 1974 (feca) form the basis of current federal campaign finance law feca's main provisions include limits on contributions to federal candidates and political parties, a system for disclosure and voluntary public financing for presidential candidates.
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