More Campaign "Reform"

Under Senate rules, a Senator may not update their websites within sixty days of an election, a rule that many find exceptionally annoying.

"If 9/11 had happened during a campaign year, the New York senators would not have been able to update their Web sites to tell their constituents how to contribute to relief programs," said Brad Fitch, deputy director of the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonprofit group that studies the management practices of Congress.

It’s fine to ensure that government web sites aren’t used for campaign purposes, but using the web as a constituent service shouldn’t end before an election. Nor does the House have a similar restriction in place. This is another example of a campaign reform rule that serves only to silence free speech in the name of fairness.

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