Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Campaign Finance Bill Passes - I'm not a lawyer, but it's obvious that the Campaign Finance Bill that just passed a Senate vote is unconstitutional. I believe the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is clear on this matter:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

If President Bush signs the bill and it is not struck down by the Supreme Court, political groups would be prohibited from broadcasting issues-based advertising for a 30-day “blackout” period prior to a primary election or a 60-day period prior to a general election. Strangely enough, the bill excludes print advertising from the ban. There are so many loopholes in this bill that the ink will hardly be dry before we hear even more cries for campaign finance reform.


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