Wendy is right. Money should not be speech; we should have person-speak,
not money-speak or money-quack. Big money undermines and then kills
democracy.

Alas, the ACLU is on the side of money=speech, perhaps their worst
position ever.

-David Shove
Roseville

 On Tue, 6 Dec 2005, Wendy Wilde wrote:

> >There are non-trivial First Amendment problems with this proposal, not the
> >least of which is defining what an interest group is.  Should someone who
> >takes support from, say Progressive Minnesota, be banned from voting on the
> >whole range of public issues that PM has taken a position on?  David Brauer
>
> But interest groups... such as PM or any other... could quickly become a
> mere funnel for huge financial interests... including individuals and
> businesses... and have the same effect as direct donation of money to
> political leaders.
>
> Take, for example, FREEDOM CLUB FEDERAL PAC which poured $45,000 directly
> into Minnesota Republican hands in 2001/2002 election cycle... $0 to Dems or
> Greens or Inds... and was funded almost exclusively by big money Minnesota
> CEOs and company VPs.
>
> Is the answer not recusal from votes but cessation of independent campaign
> funds?  Not an original idea but how else to clean up even the appearance of
> influence?
>
> And isn't the ruling that "money" is "speech" problematic for democracy by,
> of, and for the people?
>
> Wendy Wilde
> So Minneapolis
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