[lit-ideas] Re: Possible ban on Fahrenheit 911 ads

After July 30???  Seems to me he couldn't ask for better advertising than 
he's getting from all the news about the movie.  He should be laughing all 
the way to the bank... and those of us troubled by W's performance should be 
laughing along with him.

Regards to one and all,
Eric Dean
Rockford, IL


>From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>To: "Lit-Ideas" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: [lit-ideas] Possible ban on Fahrenheit 911 ads
>Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 12:23:30 -0700
>
>Fahrenheit 9/11 ban?
>Ads for Moores movie could be stopped on July 30
>By Alexander Bolton
>
>Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new
>movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, on television or radio after July 30 if the
>Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of
>its general counsel.
>
>At the same time, a Republican-allied 527 soft-money group is
>preparing to file a complaint against Moores film with the FEC for
>violating campaign-finance law.
>
>In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FECs agenda for todays
>meeting, the agencys general counsel states that political documentary
>filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal
>candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a
>general election.
>
>The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold
>campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that
>identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.
>
>[...]
>
>The FEC ruling may also affect promotion of a slew of other upcoming
>political documentaries and films, such as Uncovered: The Whole Truth
>About the Iraq War, which opens in August, The Corporation, about
>democratic institutions being subsumed by the corporate agenda, or
>Silver City, a recently finished film by John Sayles that criticizes
>the Bush administration.
>
>Another film, The Hunting of the President, which investigates whether
>Bill Clinton was the victim of a vast conspiracy, could be subject to
>regulations if it mentions Bush or members of Congress in its ads.
>
>Since the FEC considers the Republican presidential convention
>scheduled to begin Aug. 30 a national political primary in which Bush
>is a candidate, Moore and other politically oriented filmmakers could
>not air any ad mentioning Bush after July 30.
>
>That could make advertising for the film after July difficult since it
>is all about the Bush administration and what Moore regards as its
>mishandling of the war on terrorism and the decision to invade Iraq.
>
>[...]
>
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