Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Free Speech Alert

A Washington trial court has held that favorable comments by talk radio hosts are "in-kind" contributions to an intiative campaign to repeal a gas tax increase and, therefore, subject to the state's campaign finance laws. If this is so then most media coverage of political campaigns ought to be shut down or neutered. The case is on appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. I hope it knows free speech when it sees it.

3 comments:

elliot said...

This is the madness that campaign finance "reform" leads to.

And more proof that law schools must have stopped teaching the Bill of Rights in the 1940s.

God knows most Congresspeople act like they've never read it.

Jay Bullock said...

Bad decision. It won't stand.

IANAL, but I do loves me the media exemption.

Anonymous said...

Haha.