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    Talking Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Saturday, September 19, 2009


    The ruling, if it stands, could provide a boost to Republicans and their allies as they try to win back Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012. Outside conservative groups could become particularly important in countering the fundraising juggernaut of President Obama, who shattered past records by raising more than $750 million during his 2008 campaign.

    Experts suggested that the court's decision could provide a boon to groups tapping into the fervor of anti-Obama activity and "tea party" events. It will certainly allow groups across the political spectrum to raise and spend money without pause, potentially leading to a more acerbic campaign environment.


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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Outstanding!

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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Do you two think there should be any restrictions on money spent in politics?
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    Do you two think there should be any restrictions on money spent in politics?
    Not really, no.
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    This is a victory for the First Amendment.
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    What took so long?
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    What took so long?
    Thats what Im saying. A victory for the 1st Amendment.
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Couple things:

    -It's unclear how this case relates to the Citizens United case currently before the SC. At first glance it seems sort of pointless, but it might deal with different provisions.

    -The bias in this article is rather irritating. When explaining the impact of this decision, the author notes:

    The ruling, if it stands, could provide a boost to Republicans and their allies as they try to win back Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012. Outside conservative groups could become particularly important in countering the fundraising juggernaut of President Obama, who shattered past records by raising more than $750 million during his 2008 campaign.

    Experts suggested that the court's decision could provide a boon to groups tapping into the fervor of anti-Obama activity and "tea party" events.
    The obvious implication of this statement is that this decision will somehow disproportionately benefit Republicans, because Republicans are supposedly more likely to use unspecified shady funding methods.

    Reality: There's absolutely no evidence to support the claim that this would benefit Republicans more than Democrats. The suit itself was brought by Emily's List, a liberal non-profit group.

    -This ruling is more about the flaws inherent in the FEC's terrible regulations than about the notion of "keeping money out of politics." The main impact of the current regulations is not to keep money out of politics, but to limit particular types of speech and reduce accountability.
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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Is this really decided?

    I have not heard one word about this?

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    Re: Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackboot View Post
    Is this really decided?

    I have not heard one word about this?
    It' not decided. There is a campaign finance reform case before the SC currently, which will I suspect be much more telling than this one.

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