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Bush Nominees Controversial?

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3 out of 4 aren’t questionable.

However, nominating somebody who wanted a voter ID law should raise some eyebrows:

President Bush nominated two controversial lawyers to the Federal Election Commission yesterday: Hans von Spakovsky who helped Georgia win approval of a disputed voter-identification law, and Robert D. Lenhard, who was part of a legal team that challenged the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

In addition, Bush proposed a second term for commissioner David M. Mason and nominated Steven T. Walther, a Nevada lawyer with close ties to Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

Von Spakovsky and Mason are Republican appointees, while Lenhard and Walther are Democratic picks for the bipartisan six-member commission.

In a letter to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) wrote that he is “extremely troubled” by the von Spakovsky nomination. Kennedy contends that von Spakovsky “may be at the heart of the political interference that is undermining the [Justice] Department’s enforcement of federal civil laws.”

Those voter ID laws call for photo identification, and they notoriously hurt black voters who may not have a driver’s license or even a non-driver’s license. Again, this appointment troubles me.

However, questioning the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is certainly not anything to get too concerned with. To think that political contributions are akin to free speech is a valid opinion and one I’m sure we’re going to have to have a debate about extremely soon.