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May 13, 2006

Weekend reading 16

The latest Club For Growth newletter provides a link to a George Will column about Senator McCain's lukewarm attitude to defending First Amendment rights. Despite BCRA (McCain-Feingold), the senator seems to think we need still more federal regulation of funding political speech, this time for "527" groups. Will's column opens:

Presidents swear to "protect and defend the Constitution." The Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech." On April 28, on Don Imus's radio program, discussing the charge that the McCain-Feingold law abridges freedom of speech by regulating the quantity, content and timing of political speech, John McCain did not really reject the charge:

"I work in Washington and I know that money corrupts. And I and a lot of other people were trying to stop that corruption. Obviously, from what we've been seeing lately, we didn't complete the job. But I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

I first mentioned the "527 Reform Act" in this post last month when H.R. 513 was passed by the House of Representatives.

The CFG site has added a Free Speech Action Center page to its site. Check it out. Then act - before your right to fund political speech with others who share your ideas is limited even more than it is now.

Posted by joke du jour at May 13, 2006 04:00 PM

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