Friday, March 18, 2005

Internet Exemption to McCain-Feingold

In the spirit of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Ankle Biting Pundits tells us that Harry Reid has actually come up with a good idea. Link.
According to Daily Kos, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid has introduced a bill that would exempt internet communications from campaign finance laws. Here’s the relevant passage: (PDF required)

Paragraph (22) of section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431(22)) is amended by adding at the end of the following new sentence: “Such term shall not include communications over the Internet.”

If it passes, it will almost make me feel guilty being exempted from unconstitutional abridgments of Freedom of Speech that Congress and the courts have allowed to be imposed on others. This is better than nothing, but how about a bill saying "McCain-Feingold is hereby revoked."

It is also amusing that the first voice raised against the three Democrat members of the FEC who want to expand their tyranny to bloggers is of a leader of the Democrats. I have yet to hear a peep from a Republican. It is the very factors that elected George W. Bush in 2004 that these FEC Democrats want to squash. Why is it that most Republicans, upon being elected to Congress, become invertebrate? Let's hope the president can kick some backbone back into them.


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