BCFRA

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BCFRABipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act
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Bush's blithe predictions, the Supreme Court upheld the most egregious elements of the BCFRA measure in its McConnell vs.
In late June, reported The Hill, the general counsel for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued an opinion that TV advertisements for Moore's film are covered by the section of BCFRA law restricting corporate-funded ads "that identify a candidate by his 'name, nickname, photograph or drawing' or make it 'otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.'"
Buttressing this action against Moore's film was an FEC complaint filed by a partisan Beltway lobbying group insisting that the documentary is "a political weapon against President Bush in the November 2004 presidential election," The group that filed the complaint was Citizens United--the same GOP front group that had composed a compelling brief against the BCFRA law, at least as it would apply to their interests and allies.
Given Citizens United's forceful--and very compelling--indictment of the BCFRA law as an attack on free speech, it seems that the best and most obvious way to ensure that the law applies "equally to all" would be to seek its repeal.
Alternatively, if Citizens United actually seeks to apply the anti-free speech provisions of the BCFRA law with equity, it can find a target-rich environment in the GOP-connected conservative media network.
Since assuming the post of FEC Chairman, former Professor Smith has continued publicly to express reservations about the wisdom of regulating the election process to the extent prescribed by BCFRA. In a January 29 speech before the American Conference Institute, Smith referenced the McConnell vs.
Smith's successor may embrace BCFRA wholeheartedly and take its enforcement as far as he can.
Protecting incumbents from negative publicity during election campaigns is the sum and substance of "campaign finance reform." Rather than "cleaning up" politics by removing the supposedly corrupting influence of corporate donations, BCFRA is intended to clamp down on advertising and other avenues of expression used to convey critical information about elected officials to the public.
In a 1997 interview on NBC's Meet the Press program, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold BCFRA bill, offered a telling illustration of what he considers the limits of "accept able" political speech.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), another politician who has felt the lash of issue-advocacy ads, pointedly admitted during debates over the McCain-Feingold BCFRA bill that "this bill is about slowing the ad war....
Thus the ads could not fall under the category of "campaign reform," even by the most emancipated definition of the term--unless it is understood, once again, that the true intent behind BCFRA is to insulate incumbents from accountability to their constituents.