Free-Speech Connection: FEC Chairman Says Free Speech and Contributions to Campaigns Are Linked. (Campaign Finance)
Lambro, Donald, Insight on the News
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) says he believes campaign contributions are a constitutionally protected form of free speech, even as his agency prepares to defend a new ban on large contributions in the courts.
FEC Chairman David M. Mason says he has no qualms about defending the campaign-finance law, which is being challenged in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech. But he said in an interview with the Washington Times that he thinks free speech and giving money to political campaigns are inextricably connected.
"I agree with the analysis that the purpose of money is to facilitate speech and debate about politics and therefore it has to …
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Publication information: Article title: Free-Speech Connection: FEC Chairman Says Free Speech and Contributions to Campaigns Are Linked. (Campaign Finance). Contributors: Lambro, Donald - Author. Magazine title: Insight on the News. Volume: 18. Issue: 31 Publication date: August 26, 2002. Page number: 26. © 1999 News World Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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