Friday, August 27, 2004

527's

WASHINGTON — President Bush and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined forces yesterday to seek legal action to reduce the influence of "527" political organizations, but the two remained in disagreement over whether Bush should condemn a television ad attacking John Kerry's Vietnam service.

Bush called McCain en route to a campaign event in New Mexico to say his campaign would go into federal court in an effort to force the Federal Election Commission to prevent groups such as the anti-Kerry Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, named "527s" for the section of the tax code that governs their activities, from raising and spending money in unlimited amounts.

I have a problem with this. First we had McCain-Feingold, which to some degree supressed free speech. Now, we have this. Whether I agree with the message or tactics some of these groups use, they have, and should have, the right to say what they want. Bush is biting himself in the butt on this one. People are saying that the Patriot Act is taking away rights, and they blame Bush for this, while I disagree with them on that, they now have ammunition to use in showing that he does want to supress rights.