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Phony Campaign Finance Reform Whats the problem with our political system The conventional answer the PC response the solution du jour is money particularly so-called soft money The answer claim many Republicrats and Democans alike is campaign finance reform whose lat t incarnation is the Shays-Meehan legislation Not only is this bad law not only is this a bad idea its unconstitutional and un-American an absolute abridgment of First Amendment freedoms Heres what this bill will do see if you dont agree with e that this is a chilling example of squelching the free expression of political ideas Lets say I Joe American want to make my voice heard in opposition to a congressional candidate in my district 89 days before the election I believe there is a co elling reason to reject a particular candidate and no one in the media is willing to examine my pet cause Even the opposing candidate is missing the boat either through ignorance or oversight So I decide to take out a small ad in my local newspape on my own initiative and with my own meager financial resources Do you know this wholesome perfectly appropriate civic-minded action is illegal under the new law I kid you not And this is just the beginning The full ramifications of this legisla on are not even known yet There will be people prosecuted and fined for speaking their minds publicly people with no ties to any candidates or parties just regular people who want to participate in the political system In 1996 the non-profit Wester Journalism Center an investigative reporting organization was audited by the Internal Revenue Service in a politically motivated and politically directed action by the Clinton administration What was the IRSs excuse for coming after them The agent charge told them personally that it was because of critical investigative stories the center generated about Clinton administration scandals stories that were published in an
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