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National Review Online: Ted Cruz: Senate Dems’ Restrictions on Free Speech Should Apply to the New York Times

With Senate Democrats pushing a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to regulate campaign spending, Senator Ted Cruz countered by proposing a bill that would require media corporations to abide by any of the Democratic restrictions on political speech passed pursuant to the amendment.

“Nothing in this amendment is limited to corporations or billionaires,” Cruz said Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the constitutional proposal.  “This amendment, if adopted, would give Congress absolute authority to regulate the political speech of every single American with no limitations whatsoever. This amendment is about power and it is about politicians silencing the citizens.”

In testimony, Senate majority leader Harry Reid told the committee that the amendment was necessary because of the Supreme Court’s rulings in the cases Citizens United and McCutcheon. The former decision invalidated a law that prohibited a nonprofit from making a movie about Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election, noting that the Justice Department’s argument in that case would allow the government to censor the media.

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