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  •  You know those blogs (0+ / 0-)

    that deal with reproductive freedoms?

    They're going to get targetted too.

    •  What is actually at stake her kos? (1+ / 0-)
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      Kimberly Stone

      Our speech?  Or the ability to collect advertising dollars from political candidates and interest groups?  I don't quite understand.

      What exactly are they trying to do?

      Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina, and Arizona, and Oklahoma....

      by Cathan on Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 06:33:26 PM PST

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    •  which ones? (1+ / 1-)
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      what reproductive freedom blog is going to be targetted?

    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      and dispite my initial snarkyness, I agree that this bill sucks.

      But then again I think all "campaign finance" bills/laws are utter bullshit, not just the ones that may hurt my interests.
      May I suggest this for a good read:
      McConnell v. Federal Election Commission: Ideology Trumps Reality, Pragmatism, 3 J. Elec. L. 345 (2004).

      •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

        I sort of agree. I agree with the promise of CFR. I think the execution has been disastrous. The law is often contradictory, and so frickin confusing that it could potentially keep people from running for office lest they get tangled in that web.

        I would love to see the whole thing replaced wholesale with a new set of laws. Start from scratch. Identify the goals of CFR and then craft the simplest set of laws possible to accomplish that goal.

        •  I don't think any of the fans of CFR (5+ / 0-)
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          have ever kept books for a local political committee and don't understand what is involved.

          CFR was written for well funded candidates and PACs, not grassroots groups. The effect of it has been to limit participation at the grassroots level because of onerous reporting requirements.

          Since 1974 we have sunk a lot of time, energy and political capital into campaign finance reform. The result has been a level of corruption unknown in my life time.

          Back in the 30's under a far looser system we passed labor laws. Back in the 60's under a far looser system we passed civil rights. What have we to show for all our work on campaign finance reform?

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