Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Making a point on the BCRA: The Supreme Court's decision is merely on the BCRA on its face. More lawsuits will come on the actual application of the law.
The Supreme Court will likely revisit the case when someone is fined or prosecuted by the Federal Election Commission.
I want to be one of those people.
As Starr has said, individuals aren't covered by the law. So, I need to team up with, hopefully, a few other bloggers to do some civil disobedience.
My suggestion is to somehow pool enough money, via donations or some other method (I'm a poor journalist), and run a 30-second ad during primetime on CNN either just before the Super Tuesday primaries or the November general election. We'll need to rope in some legal assistance, but the challenge to the high court's "logic" will be how exactly are we corrupting the political system by our 30-second electioneering communication? How and why would any politician feel indebted to us for our single ad aired during the FEC's blackout period?
In fact, our ad would be as non-threatening as possible while still violating the law. All we would have to do is name candidates for federal office -- one after another. Say nothing else, just their names, and we would be in violation of the law.
Any lawyers or bloggers are interested in participating in this project, shoot me an e-mail at hoystory -at- cox -dot- net and we'll see how we can organize this.