Bill Maher’s Plan to Oust a Member of Congress May Face Election Law Limits

by gradycarter

gradycarter:

This is a very interesting approach to activism/entertainment…

Originally posted on Variety:

Bill Maher may be embarking on an effort to find a member of Congress to oust from office this year, but he’ll have to be mindful of how he does it.

While campaign finance laws give him great leeway in what he says and does on HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the situation gets murkier if he decides to visit a congressional district, as he indicated to the New York Times on Friday.

“This year, we are going to be entering into the exciting world of outright meddling with the political process,” Maher told the Times. The plan is for the show to ask viewers to put forth their individual representatives as the worst in the country, and for the show to use its power of ridicule and humor to make the case for throwing that elected official out.

There is a precedent for such “meddling”: Stephen Colbert…

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