Finally, some chipping away of the madness of McCain-Feingold. Hooray to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court loosened restrictions Monday on corporate- and union-funded television ads that air close to elections, weakening a key provision of a landmark campaign finance law. The court, split 5-4, upheld an appeals court ruling that an anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections.
While it is very discouraging that this was only a 5-4 decision…. I’ll take it!
But SCOTUS Chief John Roberts is THE MAN!
“Discussion of issues cannot be suppressed simply because the issues may also be pertinent in an election,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.”
Score one for free speech. The law [McCain-Feingold] trampled the basic right of the American people to participate in their democracy. It also purported to reduce the influence of money in politics, but we now know that influence is greater than ever. McCain-Feingold was a poorly-crafted bill. Today’s decision restores, in part, to the American people a right critical to their freedom of political participation and expression.
Now, is it any wonder why Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential Election prospects are looking increasingly dim? He wants to restrict political free speech (incumbent protection!) and degrade our national security at the borders (amnesty!). What on earth kind of conservative does he think he is?
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