Restricting Speech: Now the Legislation

By April 26, 2010Briefly Legal

From Politico, “Democrats move to blunt Citizens United ruling

In the coming week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) plan to unveil legislation to close campaign-finance loopholes opened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The legislation was written in consultation with the White House.

Loopholes? You mean the free speech protections affirmed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

The Hill also covers the anticipated legislation, “Watchdogs urge swift passage of campaign finance revisions bill.”

Watchdogs? You mean the activists who guard against the expression of any speech they disagree with?

The report notes fierce opposition from business groups to one provision in particular.

They are particularly incensed about a provision aimed at curbing the appearance of corruption and possible misuse of taxpayer funds, by barring any entity with a government contract worth more than $50,000 from spending money in elections.

Thereby making the expression of opinion subject to a government veto.

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