June 27, 2007

FEC v. WI Right to Life: not such a disaster after all?

To follow up on the extremist reactions to this Supreme Court decision (as pointed out in my previous post), here's a more moderate analysis from Jay Cost. As it turns out, the effects of FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life do not represent a clear-cut victory at all - either for free speech, or for the deployment of soft money for electioneering purposes thinly veiled using 'issue ads'.

Cost says, "the BCRA has been weakened here, but I do not think it has been weakened by very much." The effective impact of the Court's decision remains to be seen during the next election cycle, when it will become clear how narrowly the FEC will interpret and implement the Court-established limits.