“Score one for free speech. Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment by rejecting a key feature of McCain-Feingold. The law trampled the basic right of the American people to participate in their democracy. It also purported to reduce the influence of money in politics, but we now know that influence is greater than ever. McCain-Feingold was a poorly-crafted bill. Today’s decision restores, in part, to the American people a right critical to their freedom of political participation and expression.”
CHARLES adds: Here’s Romney adviser James Bopp, Jr., lead counsel in the case, in an e-mailed press release:
Incumbent politicians have no constitutional authority to quash criticism of their conduct in office. The American Revolution was fought, and the First Amendment enacted, precisely to protect the people’s right to criticize the government. The Court today has rejected the audacious attempt by Senator McCain and his allies to overturn the First Amendment’s protection and empower incumbent politicians with the power to ban public criticism–even ban ads that contain no such criticism.