Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Supreme Court's campaign finance case gets new firepower Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 12:07 p.m. EDT August 30, 2013 Nation's leading opponent of campaign finance restrictions also fought McCain-Feingold a decade ago and won Citizens United case for unlimited corporate spending Sen. Mitch McConnell has been a leading opponent of campaign finance laws. (Photo: Stephen Lance Dennee, AP) Story Highlights Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell gets time to argue Case is successor to Citizens United, McCain-Feingold SHARECONNECT 41 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has granted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell oral argument time in a major campaign finance case being heard in early October, giving opponents of current contribution limits new firepower. McConnell is the nation's leading opponent of campaign finance restrictions, who lost his effort to defeat the McCain-Feingold law's limits on corporate and union donations a decade ago but won the Citizens United case in 2010 that freed corporations to spend unlimited amounts independently on elections. By allowing McConnell to take some of the precious 30 minutes his side will have to make its case, the court on Friday further assured that the case will take on the aura of those two previous cases -- pitting Republican-aligned backers First Financial of unlimited spending against Democratic-aligned groups that want to reduce the influence of money in elections. The case is being brought by Alabama millionaire Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican businessman who objects to the overall limits federal regulations place on campaign donations. Donors can give a maximum of $123,200 every two years to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees. McConnell will be represented at the court by Bobby Burchfield, a trial partner at McDermott Will & Emery.
The one-day course is a collaboration between the school's International Housing Finance Program and Habitat's housing finance department. The course will cover four broad areas: - Overview of mortgage finance markets and main models of financing, regulating and delivering mortgage finance in Asia-Pacific - Downscaling mortgage finance to lower income segments; new products and delivery channels used by mortgage lenders and effective government subsidies to increase home ownership by low-income populations - Overview of non-mortgage housing finance and alternative models of secured lending as well as innovations in cash flow-based lending for housing - Pricing housing finance for low-income market segments and options to bring down the costs and risks of lending to low-income market The course is part of the biennial Asia-Pacific Housing Forum which will be held at Dusit Thani Manila from 2-4 October 2013. The event is the leading platform for advocating affordable housing solutions and decent shelter for low-income families, and was last held in the Philippine capital in 2009. It brings under one roof, public, private and people sector stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues. "Our Forum has gained considerable traction over the years. Like a 'Davos of poverty housing', it is an incubator for leading minds to offer creative solutions to address housing issues in Asia-Pacific. One in eight still lives in a slum in the region; so there is tremendous scope for collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society to improve the situation," said Rick Hathaway, Vice President for Asia-Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International. He added: "The traditional approach to tackling poverty housing by simply building more homes is one dimensional and limiting. Solving the problem requires addressing affordability of housing finance, climate change and disaster resiliency, land rights inequality, infrastructure planning, basic services provision, sustainable livelihoods, and adoption of green solutions. These are touch points that will be up for discussion at the forum." Among the confirmed participants are key policy makers, business titans, and thought leaders from humanitarian agencies and research institutions.