Saturday, July 5, 2008 | With regard to the Port and its election message: What an interesting case for the Supremes this would be; does advocacy mean an outright call for a vote on an issue, as the Port believes, or is it— as Lani Lutar thinks—that an inference is sufficient to stir the ire of the San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association? If so, I hope no one ever told her about the Union Tribune’s op-ed page. They’ve been sloppily advocating for everything every developer has wanted for generations and rarely does any group bristle at them—for long. Some time ago, a fairly united Supreme Court said that money equals free speech, acknowledging what media types have known for centuries. The Port can spend its money any way it chooses, and if it chooses to reach out to the County to illustrate its needs, it places more faith in democracy than the city does. Happy voting.

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