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"Even this substantial fine means little when the apparently illegal activity took place more than two years ago and the election that the group sought to influence is long since decided. The FCC may be hoping to influence an ongoing court case brought to try to get the agency to issue regulations to rein in the 527s consistent with current law, rather than deal with the issue on a case by case basis. The FEC should issue such regulations. If it doesn't then Congress or the courts will have to force the FEC to act. Federal election law requires groups engaging in the kind of electioneering that the Swift Boat group carried out to register as federal political committees and comply with limits on the contributions they can receive."
The above press release can be summed up in one sentence: How dare citizens attempt to influence an election! That's for us in the government!
This is exactly what public financing of campaigns will lead to.