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Why Is Rand Paul Filing a Class Action Suit on a Constitutional Matter?

By on 2.14.14 | 12:01AM

Reid Smith’s rejoinder to my critique of Rand Paul’s lawsuit against the NSA is long on sarcasm, but short on substance.

If Reid wants to convince me of the merits of Paul’s lawsuit he will have to do better than to cite arguments by the ACLU and a liberal district court judge who had a conflict of interest in the case the ACLU brought before her during the Bush years (a point Reid doesn’t see fit to mention).

Reid can claim that Paul’s lawsuit is about the First and Fourth Amendments all he wants. But if this is strictly a constitutional matter, then why file a class action lawsuit? Paul himself has noted it is the first time a class action lawsuit has been filed over a constitutional question. Class action lawsuits are filed with the intent to collect a cash settlement or other compensation. The cash settlements for the litigants are usually for a nominal amount but the lawyers involved are usually compensated to the tune of six or seven figures. In this case, said compensation would be financed by the taxpayer. Nice work if you can get it, Mr. Cuccinelli.

As for Rand Paul, you can sign up for this lawsuit at his 2016 Senate campaign website and if you do, by golly, you can donate to his re-election campaign as well. When it comes down to it, Rand Paul is doing nothing more than using our Constitution and the judicial system which stems from it to finance his Senate campaign and very likely his run for the White House.

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