Argument: Allowing corporate free speech simplifies election regulations
Richard A. Epstein. "Free speech for corporations. Undoing the progressive mindset." Forbes. September 1, 2009: "The progressive mindset, therefore, does not counter any real abuse, but it paves the way for a set of election regulations of such mind-numbing complexity that former FEC commissions don't understand either, as Hans A. von Spakovsky's recent Wall Street Journal column reveals. Do we aspire to Byzantine rules that let the crafty find loopholes while stopping honest corporations from participating in public debate? Striking down the whole McCain-Feingold mess should clear the air and invite Congress to think about narrower regulations that might survive scrutiny if the Court takes this opportunity to return the First Amendment to its classical liberal roots."