Miers on Campaign Finance Reform
Charles Todd has been following the challenge to Vermont's strict campaign finance laws. The Supreme Court is revisiting a 29-year-old precedent known as Buckley v. Valeo.
The key issue is whether limits on campaign spending amount to restrictions on free speech. Last time around, the Court ruled that spending limits were constitutional because:
"[These limits] serve[d] the basic governmental interest in safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process without directly impinging upon the rights of individual citizens and candidates to engage in political debate and discussion."Now, that decision is up for grabs. More thoughts from Charles on the implications of this case in light of the Miers nomination.
(Uncapitalist Journal, Freiheit und Wissen)
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