Campaign Finance Reform

Edited by SD - I removed ge's street addy.

I thought I had an example for Anglico, where the News & Observer had done something right, but, dang it! Anglico is right again!

Here's the letter I tried to send to them:

Dear Editor:

As a person who worries that campaign finance reform will stifle political speech, I was alarmed by Bradley A Smith's column in this morning's News & Observer (Stifled Speech). Mr Smith reported that the Federal Election Commission had recently fined and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth for too overtly supporting political candidates but failing to register "as political action committees, which would have limited their ability to receive large donations".

Smith lauds the ability of ordinary people to make ourselves heard through organizations such as and the Swift Boaters, and I agree 100% that we should be free to express our views through such organizations.

But something troubles me about Mr. Smith's article: after looking around online, I quickly discovered that the FEC had actually fined something called the " Voter Fund", which was set up as a separate legal entity from the main group. itself seems to accept the decision with the proviso that "if groups like Swift Boat Veterans are put out of business, because they're 100% supported by million dollar contributions, that would be a great thing for Democracy".

I can't help wondering why Mr. Smith omits information that he is surely aware of. I'm afraid that I have to conclude - with sadness - that he is part of the rightwing's effort to conflate issues in an effort to get the left to support their causes. - not MoveOn's "Fund" - is playing by the rules while the Swift Boaters are not.

I still believe that the FEC has been given dangerous powers, but I do not believe that they have applied them to, as Mr. Smith would have us believe.

George E

Chapel Hill, NC


Awww, ge

I am so ready for you to prove Anglico wrong. :)

I like the FEC. I really do. I don't want a group I choose to donate to, to have the ability to buy a politician/election. I still have the right to donate to MoveOn, so my freedom of speech is not inhibited in the least. However, MoveOn doesn't have the ability to purchase a politician/election. Freedom of speech is an individual right that MoveOn does not enjoy, so its rights aren't being violated. That's a bit of a crude way to put it, but it works for me.

As for the writer at the N&O, I agree completely. His casual approach to being factually correct removes him from the serious journalist category to the "just another N&O shill" category.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

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thanks, SD

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

No, thank you!

and your hubby too.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.