Article: Campaign spending limits mean only media have unfettered First Amendment rights

by - August 29, 2013

Campaign spending limits mean only media have unfettered First Amendment rights In recent weeks, NBC and CNN have announced upcoming documentaries about presumptive 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Meanwhile, billionaire Jeff Bezos spent $250 million to purchase The Washington Post, which he can use to speak about any politician he wishes, as much as he likes. These developments may become significant in October, when the Supreme Court considers a case that some have billed as the next Citizens United. To see why, let’s rewind to five years ago, when a small nonprofit organization was legally prohibited from airing a documentary about Mrs. Clinton. At about the same time, the Federal Election Commission fined a billboard company owner more than $100,000 for not telling the government he was promoting George W. Bush’s re-election with his signs — a requirement Mr. Bezos need not worry about.

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