… now the Federal Elections Commission decides that “soft money” contributions are okay in redistricting fights. How long, O Ceiling Cat, FSM, and all the gods, will this nation suffer on under the bootheel of Bush’s legacy? Yep, this is in addition to the Citizens United ruling, which allowed an influx of limitless corporate cash, also known as “free speech,” into campaigns — and the hell with McCain-Feingold, the law of the land, said the USSC.
The FEC decision’s effects haven’t started being felt yet, but Texas is gearing up for a redistricting after the current Census.
Last Friday, the Federal Election Commission issued an advisory opinion clearing the way for so-called soft money to flow into congressional redistricting battles.
State legislatures typically redistrict every ten years, following the census. However, the Supreme Court has held that states have the ability to redistrict as often as they wish, as Texas did in 2003. The process is almost always highly political and controversial.
According to the new FEC opinion (PDF here), money spent on redistricting efforts is not “in connection with” a federal election — thereby exempting such funds from the limits imposed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
This is horrible news for the states and the people, although it’s probably excellent for Sarah Palin and Rick Perry (w2).