re "FEC fines Swift Boat, MoveOn" (LA Times, 12/14/06)
To the Editor:
The Federal Election Commissions rulings against spending by “527” groups is a predictable and terrible outcome of the McCain-Feingold incumbent protection act.
The issue with money in politics is (or at least should be) transparency not amount, particularly since it is impossible to truly limit spending on political campaigns if people are determined to contribute. The McCain-Feingold Act is like putting a rock in the middle of a river and expecting the water to stop.
President Bush's single biggest failure was his abdication of the Constitutional responsibility to veto McCain-Feingold which he knew to be unconstitutional. As a result, the rock was thrown in the river and political contributions were re-routed to 527s instead of candidates’ campaigns. Now we have a government bureaucracy which sits there ruling on the intent of 527s, blessing some and fining others. I can just hear George Orwell saying “I told you so”.