Monday, September 20, 2004

Back to the drawing board?

I just read in the New York Times that a federal judge as tossed out many of the FEC's regulations regarding the new Campaign Finance Reform bill, which House sponsors Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Chris Shays (R-CT) sued over.

The rules involved internet ads, coordination between campaigns, national parties and 527s, specifically outlawing the kinds of ads that were done again Howard Dean in Iowa (which later turned out to be done by ex-Kerry and ex-Gephardt staffers) 120 days before election day.

It is likely however, that nothing will come of this. After all, both parties love all these loopholes and their FEC commissioners will go to bat for them. In fact, they are going to sue to get an injunction on this ruling.

That kind of makes sense, why change the rules with less than 55 days to go in the Election? Seems a bit unfair.

Well I have got to get to Contracts, have fun folks.

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