May 22, 2005
If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules.I eliminated some of the formalities and things like my home address, but here is the text of the comment I submitted.
Ladies and gentleman of the Federal Election Commission you have been given a task unheard of though not unimagined in U.S. history. You have been charged with the regulation of political speech based on its content. It is not unimagined because the fear of such regulation is the reason the First Amendment contains language protecting the right to free speech.Red State has a good list of resources you might want to check out before commenting to the FEC. But act quickly. The deadline for Comments is June 3.
An individual or group can within specified limits participate in the political process. Those limits include when speech occurs and more importantly the content of that speech. Now a federal court has compelled you to consider how to apply those regulations of speech to political activity on the internet.
At this point I could quote the First Amendment and follow that with a good deal of impassioned language about the rights of citizens to participate in the political process. I could urge you to cast your regulations in a favorable manner. However since I do not recognize your authority to regulate political speech I don’t see the point in expending the effort.
I am not concerned with whatever regulation of speech you see fit to try to impose as I will continue to exercise my unabridged right to free speech. I will not be silenced.
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