Campaign Finance Roundup


David Tell over at the Weekly Standard does an excellent job with a maddening task: trying to sum up the state-of-the-art of campaign finance law post-McCain-Feingold. He takes on an easygoing question-and-answer format to focus on how a Feb. 18 Federal Election Commission (FEC) decision will affect "Section 527" groups, such as America Coming Together and the Media Fund, that dare to express an opinion about candidates up for election. Tell's story is too long and detailed for meaningful excerpting here, but if hearing "FEC" and "Section 527" in the same sentence doesn't send you dashing from the room, it's essential reading.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is vowing to sue the FEC if it doesn't crack down harder quicker on such blatant political speech, which, as we all were taught in grade school civics classes, it is a cherished American principle to regulate and prohibit in the sternest fashion.