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I'm not a Constitutional attorney. I took a 1st Amendment course in law school, but it was before Corporations Citizens United and we never covered things like campaign finance. So here are my questions:

If money is speech and we cannot be compelled by the government to speak (there is a case in Maryland about this now about a law that tried to force crisis pregnancy centers to have a disclaimer saying that they don't provide or make referrals for abortions. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48045316/O-Brien-v-Baltimore-Opinion though I must confess I did not read this) does this mean I don't have to pay for the Iraq war or anything else I disagree with that my tax dollars fund?

If money is speech and cannot be limited, then why are there campaign limits? Even if they are to avoid the appearance of impropriety or buying candidates or whatever, the First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.
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