There is an on-going debate about the extent to the First Amendment bars congressional campaign finance limits. That debate is important, but it doesnâ€™t address a more fundamental question: What empowers Congress to regulate congressional campaign finance at all?Details
A few days ago, July 14th to be exact, was the anniversary of President John Adams signing the Sedition Act into law.Â July 14, 1798 was not a good day for this country.
At the time, the two major political parties were the Federalists (led by John Adams and Alexander Hamilton) and the Democratic-Republicans (led by Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr – who actually killed Hamilton in a duel!).
The Sedition act was an effort, in practice, to silence opposition press and stifle Democratic-Republican criticism of the Federalists.Â Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?Details