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Vermont Commentary Roundup

Just to add to the excellent post by Ross Kaminsky earlier, here's a roundup of commentary on the Vermont campaign-finance case (in which the Supreme Court struck down the state's limits on campaign spending and campaign contributions):

Allison Hayward: Offers an amusing (and informative) Randall v. Sorrell roadmap.

Allison Hayward (yes, again): Offers an attack on the idea of "balancing" an individual's right to free speech against other state interests, even when the balance occasionally comes out in favor of free speech, as in yesterday's Vermont decision. ("Speech or associational activity can be restricted by the government consistent with the First Amendment if the authorities have a good enough reason. So the Court balances.")

Bob Bauer: The anti-campaign-finance-regulation progressive election lawyer weighs in with an analysis of the decision, complete with a diagram of all the ideological contortions Justice Breyer had to go through along the way. Expect more from him Tuesday morning.

Adam Bonin: Sumarizes things for the crowd over at Daily Kos. An interesting discussion in the comments thread as to the legitimacy and usefulness of campaign-finance regulation in general. (I remain of the mind that there's a Left-Right coalition to be formed against campaign-finance "reform." The problem is there's an Incumbent-Incumbent coalition perpetuating it now.)

Eugene Volokh: Takes up the ever-vexing question of whether money is indeed speech.

Rick Hasen: The campaign-finance-regulation supporter offers a nice summary of what will happen next: battles across the country over whether particular local regulations are constitutional.

Rick Hasen (yes, yes, yes, again): Follows up with an argument that while the Supreme Court has upheld contribution limits for now, this decision could be the beginning of the end for campaign-finance "reform" (he doesn't use the scare quotes) in general and the beginning of the beginning of the long-hoped-for (among conservatives) dismantling of the awful Buckley decision that started this whole mess.

By the way, everyone, Happy Clean Money Day!!!