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McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional

HATCH [to Keyes]: I have no question in my mind that we need to change the campaign finance system that we have. But I think that the McCain-Feingold bill is unconstitutional because it bars the parties and every public interest organization to use the same money to participate. And it seems to me itís just plain wrong. What do you think about it?

KEYES. All of these approaches are wrong because theyíre based on a premise that I think is unconstitutional. If we have the right of free association, then I think we have the right to associate our money with the causes we believe in, in any amount that we think is necessary to get those causes to work.

HATCH: Amen.

KEYES: For government to step in and for these politicians to be dictating what we can do under that rubric is a total violation of our Constitutional rights. And I think we ought to abandon it. It turns out to be incumbency protection anyway. They will never devise a system that isnít in their own interest.

Source: (cross-ref. to Keyes) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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