That's as basically venal as this proposal is. Caught with their hands in the till, they want to change the law to leave the till open. Too few people want to support them financially, so they want to force you to pay for their election campaigns instead. Too many people criticise the Government during the election campaign, so they want to forbid third-party criticisms of Government during an election campaign.
Taken together, these are what Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author George H. Will describes in the American context as "speech rationing," of which he said recently "there is no greater threat to liberty."
It is commonly called "campaign finance reform," but it's nothing of the sort. It is simply the assertion by the government of a new, audacious 'right': the right to determine the timing, content, and amount of political advocacy about the government. It is the most astonishing slow-motion repeal of the First Amendment [protecting free speech that] anyone could imagine.This is as dangerous as an attack on free speech gets. Make no mistake, "campaign finance reform" is just a euphemism for speech rationing. It should be fought by everyone who values free speech with everything they can bring to bear against it.
LINKS: Upholding the idea of liberty - speech by George H. Will to 2006 Milton Friedman dinner, Cato Institute [8-page PDF]
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