Will Bush "Turn Over" FEC to McCain?
Brad Smith's departure from the Federal Election Commission is a loss for the First Amendment because he has been indefatigible in his defense of freedom of speech. As bad as his loss is, though, more disturbing are the rumors floating about that the Bush administration may let Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, call the shots on Smith's replacement and future appointments to the panel. That would be a calamity for the First Amendment. Go here for Ryan Sager's thoughts.
Sen. Conrad Burns, R-MT, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Online Freedom of Speech Act. Read the Burns letter to colleagues here.