Congress tried to limit spending by newspapers, the courts would
reject such meddling as a blatant violation of the First Amendment.
Likewise if Congress tried to accomplish its goal indirectly by
limiting the amount of money newspapers receive from advertisers.
Yet the same sort of distinction supposedly justifies federal
limits on campaign contributions, the subject of a case the Supreme
Court heard in October. McCutcheon
v. FEC gives the Court an opportunity to
reconsider an illogical constitutional line it drew nearly four
decades ago. Jacob Sullum argues that the Supreme Court should
abandon the dubious distinction between campaign spending and
from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/23/jacob-sullum-says-let-money-talk