McCain-Feingold: The Sequel
Stallone’s original Rocky took Best Picture. Rocky 2, stunk.
The original Godfather was among the best greatest flicks ever. Godfather 2 didn’t measure up.
In other words, sequels in the movies aren’t nearly as good as their original takes.
Same goes for legislation.
This week, the House will take up HR513, the far more draconian sequel to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill.
McCain-Feingold was the legislative action that, among other things, created the silly 30 and 60 day restrictions to television ads before elections, thus making more prominent the usage of direct mail as the weapon of choice for PACs heading towards Election Day.
However, HR513 will further erode people’s rights to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It takes away the ability for almost any advertising heading towards elections.
The bill is a travesty, and I hope it dies. However, giving Congressmen the ability to regulate potential opponents’ abilities to criticize them going into an election year seems the height of conflicted interests.
We’ll see what happens.