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Repeal Incumbent Protection Act

Bill Would Reduce Anti-Free Speech Effects of Campaign Finance Law

Campaign reform legislation that prohibits organizations other than political action committees from mentioning candidates in advertising before primaries and elections has stifled pro-life groups. That’s why pro-life Congressman Roscoe Bartlett has introduced a bill that would restore the First Amendment Rights of the excluded organizations.

It’s not just Pro-Life groups that had their free-speech rights taken away, groups like the NRA and CAGW are also affected by the “Incumbent Protection Act.” (That’s what the “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002” should really be called.)

Actually, I don't think Rep. Bartlett's bill goes far enough, but it's a good start. The only thing that would satisfy me completely would be repeal of the "Incumbent Protection Act." I really don't think anyone thought the President would sign that bill. They depended on the President to veto it so they could safely say, "I voted for campaign finance reform" when it was time for re-election.

I don't really think the President wanted to sign the bill and he was depending on SCOTUS to save him. But the Supremes made a supremely bad decision to uphold the campaign finance reforms.

Now it's time for the House and Senate to act again and restore the free speech rights of everyone. I urge you to write your Congressman and tell them to support Rep. Bartlett's bill (HR 3801.)

Posted by JasonTromm at February 18, 2004 3:38 PM