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March 2001

 


Sen. Mitch McConnell: Champion of Freedom of Speech

 

 


NRLC and Others Fight McCain-Feingold Restrictions on Free Speech About Politicians

 
Senator John McCain, left, and Sen. Russ Feingold. Their bill contains multiple restrictions on the rights of groups such as NRLC to communicate with members of Congress and to communicate with the public regarding what federal politicians are doing.

WASHINGTON (March 8)The U.S. Senate will spend the second half of March in a wide-open debate on the McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform" bill, which is strongly opposed by NRLC and many other citizen groups.

Debate on the measure (S. 27) is expected to begin March 19 and to consume two weeks. The leading opponent of the bill, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), says that he expects the Senate to vote on numerous amendments to the 38-page bill.

 


Protecting Free Speech Against McCain/Feingold-Like Laws

By James Bopp, Jr., NRLC General Counsel

Free speech champion Sen. Mitch McConnell (left) shown here debating free speech opponent Sen. John McCain.

"The most natural privilege of man, next to the right of acting for himself, is that of combining his exertions with those of his fellow creatures, and of acting in common with them. The right of association therefore appears to me almost as inalienable in its nature as the right of personal liberty. No legislator can attack it without impairing the foundations of society."

Alexis de Tocqueville, 2 Democracy in America 203 (Bradley, ed., 1954).


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From the President

Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

"McCAIN-FEINGOLD"--AN ATTACK ON YOUR RIGHTS

The misguided "reformers" have struck again: Senators John McCain (R-Az.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wi.) have introduced the "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001" (S.27).

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." But McCain, Feingold & Co. won't take "no" for an answer; they have become obsessed with "reform."



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