527s 

I'm really sick of this tit-for-tat regarding 527s. You know what 527s are by now. You should. As a result of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance bill signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 27, 2002, we now have the same president calling for a ban on these groups he helped create.

I think it's best if we use the president's own words from a speech he gave immediately after signing the bill into a law.

"This law will raise the decades-old limits on giving imposed on individuals who wish to support the candidate of their choice, thereby advancing my stated principle that election reform should strengthen the role of individual citizens in the political process."

"I believe individual freedom to participate in elections should be expanded, not diminished; and when individual freedoms are restricted, questions arise under the First Amendment."

"I also have reservations about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising, which restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on issues of public import in the months closest to an election. I expect that the courts will resolve these legitimate legal questions as appropriate under the law."

I have to say I agree with the president's comments two years ago. His regime's solution of banning all 527s reeks of censorship and may be unconstitutional. The solution, however, is simple. Any advertisement aired over the public airwaves (owned by the public and managed by the FCC) would have to be approved by a bipartisan committee with representatives from all political parties. Only unanimously approved ads could run. That'd keep it clean.

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