Saturday, January 23, 2010

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission


It remains to be seen how this past Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, on campaign financing will play out. However, we have a bad feeling about this nugget of conservative judicial activism that basically opens the floodgates of spending from corporations and unions in elections. Apparently, existing safeguards on spending by corporations was a restriction of their free speech. Hmm. In that light, it is interesting reading through Justice Steven’s dissenting opinion, in particular, what he had to say about corporations (page 88 of ruling):


“In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters.”

The case was brought before the court because of the nonprofit corporation Citizens United’s attempt to show Hillary the Movie in violation of the McCain-Feingold Act (which is now essentially null).

2 comments:

  1. i'm confused. seriously. i'm dumber than a post on this stuff. I don't knwo the McCain-Feingold Act or Hilary the Movie... or the CU V. the FEC...guess i have to go get educated.

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  2. gotta love Keith Obberman's comment about it: "within ten years every politician in this country will be a prostitute"... holy crap. when will you get that dual citizenship? is it here yet? ;)

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