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Mar 23, 2005 - 06:50 PM

Money Talks To Arnold

by Jamie Court
Arnold's first legal victory after a series of defeats was winning the ability to bust all fundraising limits for his ballot measure committees. Probably not the kind of fight voters thought they would be getting out of Arnold.

Campaign finance reformers have long fought the legal position that the right to raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash is the same as freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court even agreed with them that there's no such absolute right to speak through money in a recent ruling upholding the McCain-Feingold overhaul.

Today, however, Arnold exerted this so-called constitutional right to speak through unlimited amounts of campaign cash and won a tentative court ruling invalidating a state campaign finance rule.

So, if Arnold thinks that money talks, how can he continue to claim that he's not listening to his donors?

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