What do you do when federal law muzzles your organization’s access to political free speech, restricting political advocacy to only politicians and news media?
The National Rifle Association (NRA) faced such a conundrum upon passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002. Many questioned its constitutionality because it banned political broadcast advertising by groups like the NRA 30 days before a primary election and 60 days before a general election. The law was passed with the NRA specifically in mind, largely in response to its influence upon the presidential race of 2000. The NRA is, by almost any measure, one of the most politically influential grassroots organizations in the country. Its potency is derived from a very broad base of shared opinion among Americans from all demographics.
So communicating with that base—especially during elections—is a critical service to its membership. Silencing the organization precisely when its members needed to speak posed a real threat to the NRA’s continued role in national political discourse. If political free speech is restricted to news media, why not go deeper into the news business yourself?
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