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April 26, 2007

Washington State Defends Freedom of Speech From Campaign Finance Moonbattery

Campaign finance moonbattery suffered a setback today, when the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling by Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham that would have silenced Seattle talk-show hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur by claiming that their endorsement of Initiative 912, which calls for the repeal of a gas tax, constituted an in-kind campaign contribution.

William Maurer of the Institute for Justice called the development "a direct and clear repudiation of the use of Washington’s campaign finance laws to intimidate and harass media voices with which the government disagrees."

Efforts to use campaign finance laws to gag the DJs were led by San Juan County Prosecutor Randall Gaylord.

Hopefully this is a step toward the repeal of the flagrantly unconstitutional abomination known as McCain-Feingold, which is already coming back under review by the Supremes.

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Gaylord: Using campaign finance laws to shut up tax foes.

Hat tip: Reclaim the Media, on a tip from Kevin.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 26, 2007 9:26 PM

Comments

The left is terrified of free speech because they know that if both sides are presented, they will always lose. Which is why they are always pushing government censorship through things like the 'Fairness Doctrine' and McCain-Feingold.

Posted by: V the K at April 27, 2007 7:10 AM

Is that Gaylord Focker?

Posted by: Bryherb at April 27, 2007 8:14 AM

I'd change my name to Azlick or something more socially acceptable than "Gaylord."

Posted by: skh.pcola at April 27, 2007 3:49 PM