I would like to start by introducing myself in a way that Cheryl Weisbard didn’t. First, I am not a lawyer. Second, I am not in politics as a full-time occupation, nor am I an author or professor. I am a fat cat, in the old tradition, and in the new tradition. Fred Wertheimer and Common Cause thought they were going to make a skinny cat out of me and reduce me to the same level as everybody else, but I figured out a way to fool them and I will tell you about that a little later.
I have a hunch that attorneys will absolutely love this new law, theFederal Election Campaign Act. You know why? Fred Wertheimer has mentioned that it is an incumbents’ protection act; I am convinced that it is an employment act for attorneys. You cannot begin to maneuver in the field of campaign finance without consulting an attorney and hiring a good accountant to keep track of what you are doing. I must make a few miscellaneous remarks about some of the previous comments and then I’ll get to independent expenditures, and then independent campaigns.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.
DOJ guidance for mentally impaired detainees in immigration removal proceedings should be amended to provide counsel at earlier signs of incompetence.
An evidentiary privilege to protect workers' confidential communications from disclosure in federal and state court proceedings would support unions.