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McCain-Feingold Gets Smacked June 26, 2007

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS RIGHT TO POLITICAL SPEECH

FITSNews – June 26, 2007 -When we interviewed Sen. John McCain aboard the Straight Talk Express earlier this year, we threw him a hardball question about his controversial campaign finance reform bill, specifically asking him how he could support expanding free expression on blogs and other new media venues yet work to limit it in other settings. At the time, McCain answered our question by saying, “the courts have ruled that money is not free speech, money is property.”

It was a nifty little quote to be sure, but in the wake of yesterday’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life, McCain’s assessment no longer holds water.

In declaring unconstitutional the section of the “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002” (a.k.a. McCain-Feingold) which prohibits groups from broadcasting ads that mention a candidate’s name in the weeks leading up to an election, the Justices struck a huge blow for our First Amendment freedoms.

Good for them, we say.

Political speech should be protected above all other speech in our opinion because absent our right to question the “powers that be,” we have no power at all.

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1. Scott - June 26, 2007

A big victory for the First Amendment. It’s too bad that McCain has such slavish opposition to free speech and its constitutional protections.

2. Daniel - June 26, 2007

I have a feeling that this will come back to bite McCain in the ass (not that his campaign needs much help tanking these days).

He thinks a Supreme Court decision authored by Roberts and joined by Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy is a “regrettable decision”?

That means that McCain more in line with Souter, Breyer, Stevens and Ginsburg on the Court. If I were the other candidates, I’d start hammering this home like crazy today.

3. Chum Runner - June 26, 2007

McCain continues to unravel. First amnesty, not his questionable past is coming back to haunt him. May he take Lindsey Graham down with him!


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