Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Judicial activism happens on both sides aisle. Case in point was a recent ruling by a federal judge who struck down Kentucky's legislative ethics law. It prevented lobbyists from donating to a candidates campaign. In fact, they couldn't even buy them lunch. It was one of the strictest laws in the nation, and the result of a scandal where several legislators were caught taking bribes in exchange for their votes. U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman said the law was too vague and it violated lobbyists’ freedom of speech. But the law intended to make clear boundaries to prevent political corruption. Now since its struck down, it will take people running for office to set their own ethical boundaries in order to keep them from falling into the same kind of corruption that led to the creation of the law in the first place.