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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Random thoughts about McCain-Feingold through the years.
Mitch McConnel By passing McCain/Feingold, I believe the United State Senate failed to uphold its oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The McCain/Feingold bill is full of constitutional infirmities ranging from restrictions on political parties to restrictions on outside interest groups. The Supreme Court has never upheld government regulation of the issue speech of parties, outside groups, corporations or unions. In fact, there are nearly two dozen federal cases in the past 25 years in which the federal courts have routinely and repeatedly struck down efforts to restrict issue speech.
Orrin Hatch [The] bill is unconstitutional. [It] leaves all the first amendment rights for the public interest groups to speak and do whatever they want to and raise any kind of moneys they want to and takes away the first amendment rights from the two political parties. Have you ever wondered why all the Democrats love McCain-Feingold and hardly any Republicans do?
Tom DeLay "I don't think there is enough money in the campaign finance system in America today."
Denny Hastert "I have a hard time seeing the balance in the Senate bill because it unilaterally disarms one side. And I think there are some inherent flaws, some constitutional flaws in the Senate bill."
"It has no chance of being upheld," said James Bopp, general counsel of the James Madison Center for Free Speech, who has successfully challenged similar state issue-ad laws in lower courts.