The Federal Election Commission voted 4-2 last week to implement the
electioneering provisions of McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform
The provisions prevent soft money-undisclosed corporate or union monies-from
being used in so-called attack TV and radio issue ads in the 60 days before an
election or 30 days before a primary.
An exemption was made for 501 c3 organizations (charities, religious groups),
the electioneering of which, one FEC commissioner pointed out, is already circumscribed
by strict IRS rules regarding their tax-exempt status.
Broadcasters and others feel that the electioneering rules will not pass court
muster on First Amendment grounds.