Steve Klein oped in the Detroit News:
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a comprehensive campaign finance bill into law on Jan. 6, Senate Bill 571. It generated quite the clamor, including accusations that the bill includes a “gag order” against public officials.
We live in a time of significant campaign finance deregulation, largely the result of free speech rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases like Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Progressives and so-called campaign finance reformers often claim that the case and permissive campaign laws are “tamper(ing) with our democracy.” But their ire against Michigan’s new law is ironic to the point of hilarity. Indeed, progressives have finally found their inner Citizens United and the value of free speech over campaign finance regulations.