September 20th, 2009
As described in the 9/19/09 Washington Post article “Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules,” independent political groups will now be able to raise and spend money without restrictions to influence elections. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit brought by Emily’s List, an abortion rights PAC. I’m in favor of Roe v. Wade and against further restrictions on abortion rights, but it seems to me this lawsuit was a big mistake, since it has the potential to unleash a flood of unregulated conservative (and hence anti-abortion rights) spending in elections by outside groups (like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth), which tends to make election advertising even more negative than it already is and further polarize the political system. Some people seem to like polarization, but I think we’ve got too much of it already.
Emily’s List, why did you do it?
Sorry, but I think you blew it.
I know you support abortion rights,
But doesn’t worry keep you up nights?
For every additional dollar you can spend,
Won’t right-wing groups have ten?
It seems to me that a woman’s right to choose
Will then be much more likely to lose.