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  •  Wanker of the day: 'Kos? (none)
    But this got me thinking -- is Fred really that concerned about using unregulated money to buy influence in Congress?

    Because last time I checked, his letter to every congressperson was an effort to influence Congress. And his organization, Democracy 21, is well financed by unknown interests (organizations and foundations whose donors are not public). So it seems that Fred himself is funded by those seeking to "buy influence with members of Congress"?

    Oh, c'mon, 'Kos, that's a cheap shot and you know it. Anybody with half a brain can see the difference between sending a letter to Congress, aka "petitioning the government for redress of grievances," and bundling thousands and thousands in campaign contributions, aka "buying an election." You're just being deliberately obtuse (usually, that's a right-wing debating tactic).

    We get it, OK? You don't agree with Democracy 21's position vis a vis the Internet. Specifically, you favor H.R. 1606 while they oppose it.

    For what it's worth, I agree with the general principle (and by the way, I was an EFF supporter long before you discovered it). Blogs need not, and on First Amendment grounds, generally should not, be regulated. But lately, it seems you've decided to completely throw out the campaign finance reform baby with the Internet bathwater.

    Fine. We'll just go back to the "good old days" of unlimited contributions to any candidate for Congress or President. We'll cut out the "Ranger" and "Pioneer" middlemen and let Halliburton and Exxon-Mobil buy the next George W. Bush the Presidency directly!

    "Did I say 500 tons of sarin and 25,000 liters of anthrax? I meant 'weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.'"

    by Mathwiz on Wed Dec 07, 2005 at 03:30:36 PM PST

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