SCOTUS Drops the Ball

From the New York Times:

Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections

The ruling was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech. The dissenters said allowing corporate money to flood the political marketplace will corrupt democracy.

The 5-to-4 decision was a doctrinal earthquake but also a political and practical one. Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision, which also applies to labor unions and other organizations, to reshape the way elections are conducted.

So now money equals speech? It’s the easy way to win an argument: they make a point, you give them $10, you win the argument.

This has been a terrible, terrible week. The kind where you stay in bed for fear of what might come tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “SCOTUS Drops the Ball

  1. Oh Puh-Lease… you think corporate america hasn’t been involved in electioneering since the McCain-Feingold act? They just used other ways, nominal among them, MEDIA COMPANIES. Ever heard of Newscorp or Walt-Disney Co? The parent companies and controlling interests and investors of any corporation can just strike a deal or acquire a share of a media company and say whatever the hell they want. This is how Fox News and MSNBC happen. Larger point? Philosophically, the Nation-State is caving…

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