Author Topic: Corporations now have the right to spend money directly to influence elections  (Read 31226 times)

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-court-corporations22-2010jan22,0,4141508.story

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In a 5-4 decision, the {supreme court of the USA}court's conservative bloc said corporations have the same 1st Amendment rights as individuals and, for that reason, the government may not stop corporations from spending freely to influence the outcome of federal elections.

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« Last Edit: January 21, 2010, 10:14:44 pm by BabylonHoruv »
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-court-corporations22-2010jan22,0,4141508.story

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In a 5-4 decision, the {supreme court of the USA}court's conservative bloc said corporations have the same 1st Amendment rights as individuals and, for that reason, the government may not stop corporations from spending freely to influence the outcome of federal elections.

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Heard about this this a.m.  I think we can expect SCOTUS to start being total and complete dickwads from here on out, no holds barred.  I'm just waiting for them to totally fubar the CA prison system decision--as it is there're multiple interpretations of what they said yesterday.  Fallout to continue, I suppose.

So this decision didn't shock me in the slightest.  Sigh.  Fucking assholes.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20100121/pl_politico/31786

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Another conservative justice, Clarence Thomas, filed a separate opinion that mostly concurred with the majority, but made the case for going even further by striking down disclosure requirements.

I should be surprised, but I'm really not. I come to expect this special brand of fuckery from Thomas. I always expept him to come to the exact wrong decisions for the exact wrong reasons every single time.
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Erm, wouldn't corps still be limited to the same 5000 dollars private individuals have under this?  If so its fairly insignificant compared to campaign donations by the executives.
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Erm, wouldn't corps still be limited to the same 5000 dollars private individuals have under this?  If so its fairly insignificant compared to campaign donations by the executives.

The limit could be a dollar.  It still doesn't make it right.
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I'm actually gonna have to agree with the conservative judges on this one (Note to self, you just agreed with Scalia, get a lobotomy)  Free speech is free speech, if we allow restriction corporations this way, then that opens the door to restrict corporate use of other media as well.
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