When “Please Vote” Becomes Political
Under federal election law so-called “express advocacy” messages expressly advocate for candidate X. For example, if a famous celebrity publishes an advertisement that says “Please vote for John Doe,” he would have engaged in express advocacy. Any funding used to promote that message would be strictly regulated.
Now, let me modify the hypothetical. That same celebrity is a known supporter of John Doe. The celebrity has given the maximum contribution to John Doe, to John
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