CCP Chairman Brad Smith weighs in on the 527 settlements in today’s Los Angeles Times.
"The elitist cognoscenti in Washington, who support anything they think will take money out of politics, are pleased, huffing only that the fines are too small. The FEC admitted to going easy on the groups, given the "uncertainty" in the law. In my view, there is no uncertainty — the groups did not violate the law at all.
"But these groups aren’t being punished for making errors in their filing papers. They’re being punished for criticizing politicians."
Read the whole thing here.