March 4, 2005
Brad Smith, a law professor at Capital University Law School, has devoted his career to denouncing the FEC and the laws it is entrusted to enforce in precisely those strident terms. He believes that virtually the entire body of the nationís campaign finance law is fundamentally flawed and unworkable—“indeed, unconstitutional.” He has forcefully advocated deregulation of the system.I have mixed feelings myself about the constitutionality of some of McCain-Feingold, but it seems increasingly clear that Smith’s “warnings” are, as Electrolite commenter shinypenny put it, a variety of FUD.
Further reading: Chris Bowers of MyDD. A cranky but interesting post from The Iron Mouth (read the comments as well). The reliably excellent Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged. And the rest of Jacquith’s long post on the subject, with particular attention to McConnell vs. FEC and how Bradley Smith has every reason to try playing the liberal blogosphere for suckers.
UPDATE: See also the extremely well-informed Mark “The Decembrist” Schmitt (thanks, Linkmeister). Also see this ton more of useful background from The Iron Mouth. Meanwhile, John Conyers, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, makes it clear that he and his Democratic colleagues, all supporters of campaign finance reform, unambiguously oppose the sort of interference with political blogs being proposed by Bradley Smith. (Thanks to Julia for pointing out that last.) [04:53 PM]