Jim Geraghty over at the The Campaign Spot got his hands on some documents that remind us of Sen. Thompson’s high level involvement in enacting and steadfast support for restrictions on political speech.
I’ve pasted part of one of the documents below. The rest can be read here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 22, 2001
THOMPSON CONTINUES PUSH FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Building on his efforts to restore faith in the federal government, U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) today joined Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Russell Feingold (D-WI) and others to continue their push to enact campaign finance reform. The McCain-Feingold legislation bans soft money contributions, restricts corporate and union spending on campaign ads, and provides for greater disclosure and stronger election laws. “One of my first priorities when I arrived in Washington six years ago was to reform the campaign finance system in this country, and I believe that this may be the best opportunity we’ve had to pass real reform since this fight began,” Senator Thompson said. “I am optimistic that we’re making substantial progress toward fixing a broken system that breeds cynicism and apathy among out citizens.”