Regarding your criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (“Our View: Maine’s pragmatic tradition hurt by election ruling,” April 4):

You make the point that “… this ruling is only concerned with the speech of a few people” and that it will require a constitutional amendment to “fix the damage the court has done.”

First, I will advance the notion, unpopular as it may be, that even the wealthy in this country have the right of free speech.

Second, I will ask whether you are proposing an amendment that will roll back the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. If so, be careful of what you ask: Freedom of the press is also included in the First Amendment.

Michael A. Smith



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