WSJ: “Texas Targets Conservatives”

The Wall Street Journal is out with an editorial today regarding SB 346, the ill-conceived and speech-chilling bill targeting non-PAC groups that engage in political expenditures. The article includes this quote summing up the motivation by incumbent lawmakers for passing the bill:

In 2012, independent political spending by 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s made up about 1% of overall election spending in Texas, hardly a political juggernaut. But the Texas saga shows that the only people who like campaign finance restrictions more than liberals are incumbents, who want to limit potential donations or advertising support for challengers.

See previous posts pointing out some of the problems with this bill here and here.