As much as I dislike Michael Moore, and as much as I think his films, television show, and books are nothing but hard-left agit prop that has no real chance of making anyone think about anything other that what an interminable fat-ass he is, this FEC thing is pretty bloody dumb. The money graphs:
In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FECs agenda for todays meeting, the agencys general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.
The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.
This certainly curtails speech, odious, moronic speech, but speech none-the-less and seems rather unjust to me. If only Congress would think about the consequences before passing laws that hurt individual freedom in such a perverse way. All McCain-Feingold has done is make it more difficult for individuals to donate to political campagins, and now apparently the FEC can curtail movie ads. Great. [HATTIP: Antler]