So Bitter and I have some flyers we’ve made up, that we were looking to distribute. The one obstacle is that I’m not sure whether I’d be running afoul of campaign finance laws by doing so. If you believe you live in a free country, where it’s perfectly lawful to use any electioneering speech you damned please to help defeat your Congressman, and replace him with someone who you feel will represent you better, you would be mistaken. A quick perusal of federal campaign finance statutes will remove any notion of that very quickly. This is not a system that’s designed to encourage participation of an active and engaged citizenry. It’s a system designed to leave electioneering to professionals. This is not a way to encourage a healthy Republic. The sad part is, I think the people in power know this, and don’t care. It helps them.
I’m pretty sure our fliers, which we would be distributing as private citizens, do not run afoul of finance regulations. But you know, I’m not sure. The fact that I signed up to be an Election Volunteer Coordinator with the NRA might complicate things. I shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer to tell me whether or not I have free speech. I am very tempted to put in lettering, underneath:
This Message was Approved by James Madison
It’s going to be very hard pulling the lever in the fall for that bastard McCain, who foisted much of this nonsense on us. The only reason I can even begin to get by it, is because he had a lot of help in crafting this turd stew. The recipe of this disaster might have brewed in McCain’s head, but it was Bush that added the corn, and Supreme Court that added the peanuts. Mmm mmm. It’s election year 2008, and we’re all going to have to take a big bite!
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