If private money is an evil, corrupting influence that must be restricted, how does John McCain justify taking any beyond the public finance matching limit?
McCain had asked to participate in the public system last summer when his campaign was broke and his polling was in single digits. The FEC declared that McCain was eligible to receive $5.8 million in public funds in December.
Things have changed for John. If he becomes an incumbent President, he'll want them to change again: Not for the better from a First Amendment standpoint.
McCain Nixes Public Funds for Primaries
Apparently, if the message is John McCain's it is automatically above any appearance of corruption. If the message is John McCain's, it's a message that is so important that we must acknowledge that money = speech, at least when the money is used to deliver a John McCain campaign message.
Should any of the rest of us speak politically about a candidate, McCain for example, within 60 days of the election we may be vulnerable to arrest under the provisions of McCain-Feingold. We can't opt out.
Just think of the sabre-teeth the Federal Election Commission will have if McCain is elected President.