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

  • From: "Veronica Caley" <vcaley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 22:10:40 -0400

Is this true for film and TV only, or does it also include right wing radio
supporters of the Bushies?


> [Original Message]
> From: Andreas Ramos <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 6/24/2004 3:02:21 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Possible ban on Fahrenheit 911 ads
> 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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