The Supreme Court has said that political party committees have a First Amendment right to speak independently of and in coordination with the candidates they care about. Exercising both rights has always been tricky. How does one party committee of finite resources, managed at the end of the day by one executive, have its operation coach, coax and counsel candidates, yet, at the same time, advertise independently? The answer is "With firewalls"; to subdivide operations within the operation: one political director managing interactions with the campaigns, and another to manage independent expenditures.
If firewalls are good enough for the Washington Post, shouldn’t they be good enough for Rep. Shays and the Reformers?
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