"Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech."  --First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

What if the government said you could publish a newspaper, but only if you spend less than $1000. Or you could hire a lawyer to defend you in court,  but only if it cost less than $1000. Why are these unconstitutional?

If Congress restricts independent spending on election-related speech, is that  constitutional? 

Professor Eugene Volokh argues that such restrictions abridge the freedom  of speech. Some say "but money isn't speech," but Professor Volokh argues  that this is both true and beside the point.  Money isn't speech; speech is  speech. But most effective speech costs money. Restricting spending of  money for such speech disables speech and violates the First Amendment.

Do you agree?


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