Federal Election Commision Chairman Bradley Smith, who John McCain has called a “stooge”, has finally decided to wash his hands of the matter and resign. From his resignation letter:
I remain concerned about the effects our campaign finance laws are having on grassroots political participation. Political activity is more heavily regulated than at any time in our nation’s history. For example, in accordance with the law, during my tenure the FEC has assessed penalties against parents for contributing too much to the campaigns of children; against children for contributing to the campaigns of parents; and against husbands for contributing to campaigns of their wives. We have required citizens to respond to complaints for the display of homemade signs supporting a candidate. These are just a few examples: the Commission’s regulations take up nearly 400 pages of fine print. I urge you to consider the effects of regulation on grassroots, citizen political activity when proposals arise for still more regulation.
This is the concrete outcome of McCain-Feingold, an outcome which John McCain regards as merely a good start. If he gets his way, groups like the Sierra Club and MoveOn.org would be subject to the same regulations
I wonder if the supporters of campaign finance reform are still willing to step forward and say “yes, this is what we wanted”? dputiger, we’ve clashed on this before – in light of the articles I linked to, do you still believe McCain is trying only to limit the influence of corporations and special interests on political campaigns, and not crack down on political speech at large?