Wednesday, December 5, 2007

"Revenge Fantasy"

Jacob Sullum talks about a new self-described "public interest group" dedicated to running issue ads attacking politicians that supported a ban on issue ads. The group is set up in such a way as to make restrictions on their speech truly unreasonable (and thus exempt them from BCRA's limits). They have requested a decision from the FEC as to whether they must nonetheless register as a "political committee." A favorable decision by the FEC will significantly weaken BCRA; an unfavorable decision, however, will demonstrate the extent to which BCRA's limitations on independent groups interfere with free speech and are almost certainly unconstitutional. Read the whole column for a better understanding of the issue.

But all I can say about this group's proposal is: "Brilliant!" Oh, those whacky libertarians!