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Friday, August 27, 2004

president bush on 527s and billionaires

“Five twenty-sevens – I think these ought to be outlawed, ” he said. “I think they should have been outlawed a year ago. We have billionaires writing checks, large checks, to influence the outcome of the election.”

they might’ve been outlawed a year ago, mister bush, except that you opposed that approach back when you signed the campaign finance reform act…. remember?

However, the bill does have flaws. Certain provisions present serious constitutional concerns. In particular, H.R. 2356 goes farther than I originally proposed by preventing all individuals, not just unions and corporations, from making donations to political parties in connection with Federal elections.

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.

there aren’t any constitutional reservations anymore? did we just see a flip?

posted by roj at 11:28 am