Examples of this sort of thing abound. Kim Strassel of The Wall Street Journal recently reported on how opponents of
Both political parties give as well as they get when it comes to the strategic use of campaign finance laws. But that doesn’t make these abuses acceptable. For one thing, the laws are just as likely to be used against ordinary Americans as professional politicians.
A few years ago, the Institute for Justice defended an initiative campaign in
The same thing happened to a group of neighbors outside of
Campaign finance laws have done next to nothing to take the corruption out of politics. But they’ve done a great deal to put the lawyers and regulators in. That may provide for great political theater on occasion, but it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in our electoral system, and it’s no way to protect free speech.