Election Law, Air America, & Al Franken

I am not an expert on McCain-Feingold and other election laws which dangerously dance on the toes of the First Amendment, but isn’t Air America in violation by putting corporate money directly towards Kerry election efforts. I say this not because they have a liberal line per se, but because comedian Al Franken has specifically said his show has one purpose: to un-elect Bush and put in a Democrat.

"I'm doing this because I want to get Bush unelected…. I'd be happy if the election of a Democrat ended the show.", the comedian said on page 83 of the March 21, 2004 edition of The New York Times Magazine, explaining the limited period of his contract by normal radio standards. Doesn't this explicit electoral purpose subject Air America's investors/donors to campaign financing laws? Shouldn't a legal challenge along these lines at least be examined and tried, if not for partisan reasons, at least to expose campaign financing laws to greater scrutiny on their effect on speech?

Posted by Matthew Hogan at May 14, 2004 8:57 AM