Court has obligation to gut McCain-Feingold

Freedom New Mexico Because a government lawyer took an argument nearly to its logical extreme, the Supreme Court may be prepared to invalidate more provisions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restriction law passed in 2002. If the courts takes the Constitution seriously, it should invalidate pretty much the entire law. The law, officially titled […]

Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and […]

Ruling revisits political speech regulations

By Freedom Newspapers In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious […]

McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

‘Campaign reform’ on way to Web

Freedom Newspapers The 2004 election cycle marked the first time the Internet played a substantial role in U.S. presidential campaigns, from Howard Dean’s successful Internet fund-raising to publicity for the swift boat veterans to criticism of Dan Rather and “60 Minutes” to scores of individual bloggers. Political scientists and other students of politics could be […]

McCain’s pledges mean to further stifle free speech

Freedom Newspapers Who or what made Arizona Sen. John McCain the arbiter of appropriate political discourse in America? The answer, of course, is John McCain, with the eager assistance of liberal pundits who view the senator’s carefully cultivated reputation as a “maverick” and Republican heretic as a stamp of respectability and virtue. The only thing […]