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Allen Weh on Government Reform

 


Political spending is free speech: don't limit it

First we had "soft" money. Now we have "dark" money. Both terms, coined by the left, refer to money that funds speech with which the left disagrees.

Dark money came about as a result of two incumbent senators trying to protect incumbents. The "Incumbent Protection Act," otherwise known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, restricted the ability of outside challengers and groups to raise money. As a result of its passage, an increased number of 527s, named for their IRS designation, began to spend money on political speech.

Now there's another effort by another incumbent Senator, Tom Udall. This time it goes so far as to amend the Constitution. The founding fathers did not limit the First Amendment by outlining specific types of speech. Most importantly, its purpose was to protect political speech. It is the height of arrogance for someone to think he has the right to change a founding principle of the freest country in the history of the world.

Source: 2014 New Mexico Senate campaign website, AllenWeh.com , Sep 1, 2014

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