Saturday, March 06, 2004

Supporters of campaign finance reform, take note.

RNC tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads
GOP committee says MoveOn.org's spots are illegally financed
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/03/07/moveon.ads/index.html

You see, this is why those of us who opposed your proposed campaign reforms argued that these laws would violate freedom of speech. Do you understand what we meant, now? And what we meant when we argued that this would only strengthen incumbents and make it harder for those who want to defeat them?

The thing is, I agree with Ed Gillepsie here. McCain-Feingold absolutely makes MoveOn.org's funding of these ads illegal. I suspect the next logical step for the campaign finance reformers is to mastermind some mechanism for either having the government pay for MoveOn.org-type advertising, or to force TV stations to provide airtime for such ads for free. Stranger has happened.

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