Big spending and anonymous speech
RALEIGH -- When Thomas Paine first penned the pamphlet that helped inspire a revolution, he did so anonymously.
Common Sense was initially signed "written by an Englishman."
I suppose that anonymity might provide some justification for the anonymous political speech that we see today, where big campaign donors can hide behind independent expenditure groups.
Paine, though, had a bit more reason to exclude his name from the pamphlet. As a treasonous tract, it might have cost him his head.
A pamphlet of another sort recently crossed my desk via email.
It was from the state chapter of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers and legal scholars that argues for a stricter reading of the law.
The report sought to justify increased spending in judicial campaigns, arguing that ...