Thursday, March 11, 2004

Facts wih that

KiwiPundit thinks I've missed some important facts from my post about Republican intimidation of the media. I think he's missed an even more important one - namely that the organisations in questions ("527 organisations", such as are subject to different rules from political parties. They are allowed to accept large donations, and spend them on ads, provided they don't explicitly collude with any candidate. According to advice from the FEC, what they are doing is entirely legal.

More importantly, even if the FEC changes its mind, the law only binds the 527 organisations, not TV stations. The RNC targetting media outlets is simply an exercise in intimidation.