Point: Campaign Finance Reform Restricts Free Speech

Wilson, Brian
June 2019
Points of View: Campaign Finance;6/30/2019, p5
This article presents an argument against campaign finance reform in the United States. The First Amendment of the Constitution explicitly prohibits Congress from making laws restricting speech, and with the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), Congress did just that. Instead of defending the Constitution, the five justices in the majority set a dangerous precedent that could lead to further restrictions of speech. The new law prohibits the donation of large sums of money to the major political parties, and also restricts corporations, trade unions and other interest groups from running so-called issue advertising within 60 days of a general election. The campaign finance reform as envisioned by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) will end up hurting the very people these crusaders hope to help.


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