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Will Ferrell ACTs Up
August 2, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Will Ferrell is a likable guy. He's great at portraying harebrained dullards and dizzy dimwits. So in a sham commercial posted on the Web site of America Coming Together (ACT), the group has enlisted him to do his Bush impersonation.

ACT is a Democrat 527 committee, like the Thunder Road Group, the Media Fund, America Votes, and Joint Victory Campaign. The number "527" refers to the IRS Code section that allows these entities to get around campaign finance laws and raise "soft" money.

In August 2003, hedge fund investor and multi-billionaire with a "B" George Soros announced that he would donate $10 million to ensure that Bush was not re-elected. A statement issued by Soros said, "The fate of the world depends on the United States and President Bush is leading us in the wrong direction. ACT is an effective way to mobilize civil society, to convince people to go to the polls and vote for candidates who will reassert the values of the greatest open society in the world."

According to Open Secrets, ACT's two largest contributors are Soros Fund Management and Joint Victory Campaign 2004, which gave $5,000,000 and $3,000,000 respectively.

The ACT Web site is currently soliciting visitors to sign a petition to the FCC. "Join ACT and our friend Will Ferrell for a behind-the-scenes look at 'White House West.' We promise it's the best commercial you'll see this election. Help stop the Republican's fraud by joining ACT today and signing our petition to the FCC," the site urges.

The site also gives the reason for the FCC petition. It explains, "Americans must be able to trust the facts in political ads. Every voter has the right to truthful advertising. Free speech is no defense to massive, purposeful fraud. You, the FCC, have an obligation to ensure that broadcast stations around the country do not transmit misleading, deceptive and fraudulent advertising."

The petition closes with the following language: "We, the undersigned American citizens, demand that you require proof of fact before airing political advertisements. Laws must change to protect our democracy." (emphasis added)

So basically ACT wants to modify the law to get rid of "Republican" fraud. This is the Left's idea of free speech? Their motto ought to be "You are only free to agree with me."

Guess that removes the Michael Moore-type deception from the censorship equation.

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