Kinda stepped in it a little bit there, didn’t ya, bright boy?
Campaign-finance laws are so complicated that few can navigate them successfully and speak during elections—which is what the First Amendment is supposed to protect. As the Supreme Court noted in Citizens United, federal laws have created “71 distinct entities” that “are subject to different rules for 33 different types of political speech.” The FEC has adopted 568 pages of regulations and thousands of pages of explanations and opinions on what the laws mean. “Legalese” doesn’t begin to describe this mess.
So what is someone who wants to speak during elections to do? If you’re Stephen Colbert, the answer is to instruct high-priced attorneys to plead your case with the FEC: Last Friday, he filed a formal request with the FEC for a “media exemption” that would allow him to publicize his Super PAC on air without creating legal headaches for Viacom.
How’s that for a punch line? Rich and successful television personality needs powerful corporate lawyers to convince the FEC to allow him to continue making fun of the Supreme Court. Hilarious.
How’s this for an even better punchline: pious, pompous dickhead ends up publicly demonstrating that he doesn’t know half what he thinks he does, and half of what he does know ain’t so. Read it all for the rest of the story on how one liberal jerk gave himself his own well-earned comeuppance by inadvertently making his opponents’ point for them.
Clown nose ON, shit for brains.