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Ruling exposes [campaign finance] law's flaws
USA Today ^ | 5/5/03 | William Hamilton

Posted on 05/05/2003 5:26:19 PM PDT by rhema

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:40:38 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The eye-glazing ruling Friday that overturned key parts of a major campaign-finance law tells us something is inherently wrong with a federal law that would give incumbents a virtually unbeatable advantage, would reduce voter turnout, would diminish the role of political parties whose purposes are clearly stated and favor special-interest groups whose real purposes are often hidden even as it tramples our fundamental right to free political expression.


(Excerpt) Read more at usatoday.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cfr; cfrlist; mccainfeingold; silenceamerica

1 posted on 05/05/2003 5:26:19 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
I don't see the words "First Amendment" or "free speech" mentioned anywhere in the article. Forget about the murky arguments about who can do what with whose money, and emphasize instead what the law does to the right of individuals to speak in favor or in opposition to candidates anytime during a political campaign. Why not focus on that chilling suppression of our fundamental right, Professor??
2 posted on 05/05/2003 5:39:09 PM PDT by CedarDave (The number of Saddam sightings is rapidly approaching those of Elvis!)
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To: rhema
BTTT!
3 posted on 05/05/2003 5:44:27 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: *CFR List; *Silence, America!
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
4 posted on 05/05/2003 5:47:16 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: rhema
bttt
5 posted on 05/05/2003 6:10:27 PM PDT by ellery
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To: rhema
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW

Another phrase our ruling elite doesn't understand.

6 posted on 05/05/2003 6:33:53 PM PDT by metalurgist (Never underestimate the power of a large group of stupid people....... U S Congress's real motto)
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To: CedarDave
Look at the end of the first paragraph...

even as it tramples our fundamental right to free political expression.

7 posted on 05/05/2003 7:49:37 PM PDT by DaveCooper
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To: rhema
05/10/2002 Proponents have called the legislation a first step at eliminating the influence and access of big-money donors.

05/05/2003 Let's hope the U.S. Supreme Court will sustain the promising start made Friday by a federal appeals court in reforming the McCain-Feingold law's so-called reforms.

Less than a year & already the courts think reform stinks.

I thought it stank from the beginning.

8 posted on 05/05/2003 8:16:34 PM PDT by jrushing
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To: jrushing
Didn't the provisions outlawing "attack ads" in the final weeks of an election survive? This is the most appalling provision to me.
9 posted on 05/05/2003 8:28:25 PM PDT by Smedley
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To: rhema
But such Utopian schemes often have unintended consequences

Not sure about that "unintended" part...

10 posted on 05/05/2003 10:07:27 PM PDT by WhaChuLookinAt (As a matter of fact, I DO put my pants on both legs at a time.)
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