For all the avowals to put the brakes on ethical lapses, the House is showing its true colors with an attempt to turn the Internet into a free-flowing big-money trough for uncontrolled political spending. The measure would exempt political ads on the Internet from a reform law barring corporate and union donors from buying up grateful candidates with six- and seven-figure contributions.
Politicians who chafe under the law’s “soft money” ban would be free to run unlimited ads online, empowered by private donors who would not even be required to file campaign records.
From the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Here’s an act of civil disobedience all of us can practice next election cycle: Let’s exercise our free speech rights by “petitioning the the government for a redress of grievances” by purchasing as many blogads as we can in support of our favorite Libertarian candidates.