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WSJ: In defense of the New York Times

This morning, the Wall Street Journal weighed in with a must read editorial on the MoveOn.org and DailyKos "controversies."

Click HERE to read the editorial.

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Campaigning for charity

The Associated Press reports an innovative charity fundraiser that involves bidding on access to Elizabeth Edwards on the campaign trail.

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Quote of the Day: The New York Times Comes Out Against Campaign Finance Reform

1:07 p.m.

“If we’re going to err, it’s better to err on the side of more political dialogue. … Perhaps we did err in this case. If we did, we erred with the intent of giving greater voice to people.”

        -Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of the New York Times.

 We’re glad to see that the Times has finally decided to stand up for free speech in the political arena.

Instant Update (1:08 p.m): We’re told Sulzberger was describing why his paper accepted MoveOn.org’s "General Betray Us" ad despite the papers policy against accepting ads that constitute "personal attacks," not it’s policy toward the First Amendment.  Nevermind.

More lengthy commentary on the Times’ problem – it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy" – can be found here.

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More Dirt in “Clean Elections”

Proponents of government-financed elections like to claim that government-financing will help "clean up" politics.  Opponents counter by arguing, among other things, that government-financing is a waste of taxpayer money.

In Maine, the case of former state representative William Walcott provides insight into which side is right.

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Dan Rather’s Sues CBS – Some Questions for Campaign Finance Reform?

Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS News and its corporate owner Viacom raises some serious questions about why campaign finance laws should exempt the institutional press.  In fact, the arguments for regulating paid political advertising and campaign contributions apply equally to regulating CBS News.  Can we survive, with a meaningful First Amendment, under such a legal regime?  Click the headline for more.

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Soul mates find love through Obama giving program?

The Hotline reports on a new fundraising program being rolled out by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

The program encourages individuals to contribute money by knowing that their donation will be matched by another supporter who agreed to match that amount.

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Jim Bopp on Thompson and McCain-Feingold

Jim Bopp, the attorney who represented Wisconsin Right to Life in their victory at the Supreme Court, weighed in at Townhall about Fred Thompson’s "revisionist history" of McCain-Feingold.

Click HERE to read his piece.

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Hillary Clinton offers support for government-financing

With her campaign hounded by various fundraising controversies, Hotline reports that Senator Clinton has come out for government-financed elections.

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Political speech “beached” by campaign finance storm

Most Washingtonians think of Dewey Beach as a nice place where they can go to forget about politics for a while.  How to comply with campaign finance laws is probably the last thing anyone worries about while spending time at this seaside town.  But a story in the Daily-Times reminds us that there is nowhere you can go to escape from overbearing campaign finance laws – not even Dewey Beach.

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PAC Fairness Act of 2007

CCP analysis and overview of the "PAC Fairness Act of 2007"

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