Club for Growth Cautiously Optimistic over Court’s Free Speech Decision

Posted: Jun 25, 2007 5:24 PM

From a press release:

While the Club for Growth the supports the complete repeal of McCain-Feingold, the Supreme Court’s decision today in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC marks an encouraging victory for political free speech.

... “The Court’s ruling has the potential to dramatically open up public debate in this country,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “We are particularly pleased by the Court’s insistence on giving ‘the benefit of any doubt to protecting rather than stifling speech.’”

“At the same time, we are disappointed that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito balked at overruling McCain-Feingold’s ban on ads close to an election, as advocated by Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy. The Court’s 93-page decision today has the potential to open up a Pandora’s Box of future litigation as groups struggle to determine which kind of speech falls under the Court’s protected category and which kind of speech remains prohibited by McCain-Feingold. We hope the Supreme Court will take the opportunity in future cases to close the Pandora’s Box once and for all.”