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Monday, March 14, 2005

"Dream Palace of the Goo-Goos" Says It All on FEC Furor

Did you know much of the impetus for passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 came from the bipartisan campaign reform commission initiated following the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign?

You remember that one, don't you. It was the campaign in which the Clintonistas hung a "For Sale" sign on the Lincoln Bedroom door knob in the White House and then-Vice-President Al Gore found "no controlling legal authority" to prevent him from using his official office for telephone calls to shake down campaign contributors, among much else.

Well, Powerline.com's Scott Johnson has a superb piece in The Weekly Standard this week that is essential reading for all who care about the First Amendment. Among other things, Johnson ably traces the background to the BCRA of 2002, notes the Supreme Court has afforded First Amendment protection to such diverse activities as nude dancing and explicit cable shows and quotes Justice Scalia's scathing dissent in McConnell v FEC, which identifies the true purpose of campaign finance reform - incumbent protection.

Click on the headline above this post to get to the Johnson piece.