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  •  That would help (1+ / 0-)
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    erush1345

    but that does not address any kind of advertising then... unless you mean the voter suppression tactics of advertising that the election has been moved to a different day and other such things?

    Though, I'm not sure those things are not already illegal if the State can prove intent....  I'd have to research that.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:55:35 AM PST

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    •  It addresses the financing of advertising. (0+ / 0-)

      If it is free speech, then it must also be equally available - greater money cannot = bigger megaphone in an election.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:58:02 AM PST

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      •  Oh, then you lost me. (2+ / 0-)
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        Simplify, FG

        If you are going to tell an individual or group that they can not public ally advertise and campaign on an issue they deem important in order to raise awareness or persuade their fellow citizens because of some restriction about money limits, election day timing, the fact that the other side doesn't have equal access, etc... then that's a limitation.

        Any challenger or proposed reform must have unfettered access to the marketplace of ideas.  The government must never hold sole authority to decide what can or can not be communicated related to public law; this is far too flagrant of a door-opening to tyranny.

        And to add the specter of criminal penalties to this actions infers a decidedly chilling effect of anyone to mount a significant campaign against a popular sentiment or status quo.

        Maybe I'm not understanding you Troubadour.  I am sincerely trying not to straw man your argument here but I get the feeling we disagree on the basic "ends do/do not justify the means" rationale of why it might be okay to set limits on campaign speech.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:07:26 PM PST

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