On Friday, the Washington Times ran an article that’s a must read, Outside groups paying more for same campaign spots.
The day before the election, President Obama will be running ads during Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS-TV’s 11:35 p.m. showing of ‘Nightline’ for only $250 for a 30-second slot. By contrast, American Crossroads, an anti-Obama super PAC, will pay $1,000 for a same-length ad in the same time slot.
Crossroads is paying $600 for ads to run this week during the 4:30 a.m. slot, but Mr. Obama’s campaign was only charged $40 for the same period. During “Good Morning Cleveland,” which runs 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., Crossroads is paying 16 times what the Obama campaign is.
The difference in rates — which could prove a major, if hidden, advantage for the president over GOP rival Mitt Romney — is a result of long-standing federal law that requires broadcasters to offer candidates the lowest market rate for ads to prevent favoritism. Outside groups, which emerged en masse only this year, get no such billing advantage, and are subject to the traditional market rates. (continued here)
What the article focuses on is how government interference in the market place gives the Obama campaign an advantage over the Romney campaign. That is, the article focuses on a tactical problem. There is a far more important strategic problem. When it comes to propagandizing us, why do we make it cheaper for politicians? Don’t public interest groups have the same right of free speech?
Check out the 1st Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (from here)
What is so complicated about that phrase, “Congress shall make no law”? When are we going to learn that we cannot trust our leaders with any more power than is absolutely necessary?
When we listen to or read the news, we need to set the horse race part aside. The polls, the comments on style and delivery, the zingers, the candidate’s wealth, the candidate’s church, the candidate’s ethnic group, — all that is not particularly important. We elect people to protect our rights — the life, liberty, and property of our family, friends, and neighbors. When the people we elect think the election is about them — their “rights” –we have elected the wrong people.