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Perhaps the only positive feature of the legislation, the group said, is a sunset provision in case it ends up being, according to Mr. Obey, a “harebrained” idea.

“Let me save Reps. Obey and Frank the trouble,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania. “Not only is the Obey-Frank legislation a ‘harebrained’ idea — and that’s being generous — it is a blatant violation of the First Amendment as dictated by Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and, more recently, Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC (2007), and a slap in the face to American taxpayers forced to foot the bill for political races approved by the speech police but prohibited from donating to candidates and independent groups more to their liking.”

Gore son arrested

Al Gore’s son was arrested early yesterday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs after deputies pulled him over for speeding, authorities said.

Al Gore III, 24, was driving a blue Toyota Prius at about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over at about 2:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. The deputies said they smelled marijuana, searched the car and found less than an ounce, Mr. Amormino said.

They also found Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, and he “does not have a prescription for any of those drugs,” Mr. Amormino said, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Gore was held in the men’s central jail in Santa Ana and released around 2 p.m. on $20,000 bail. He will receive notice of a court date within 30 days. The son of the former vice president has had several previous brushes with the law, including a 2003 arrest in Bethesda on marijuana-possession charges.

A spokesman for the elder Mr. Gore told Reuters news agency that he was traveling and could not immediately be reached for comment.

c Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.