Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Supreme Court removes restrictions on corporate money
In a stunning display of judicial activism, the United States Supreme Court has removed restrictions on the use of corporate and union monies in campaign advertising. Ostensibly, there are still limits on the ability of corporations to give money directly to a candidate, but, in effect, a corporation is free to spend as much as it chooses to support a candidate through advertising. In this decision, the Court has broadened the individual's right to free speech to include corporations. Should corporations also be able to vote? Maybe a corporation could be assigned a certain number of votes based on the amount of taxes it pays? Of course, you have to decide where the corporation gets to use those votes. Should it be any state where they do business? We could just leave it up to the corporation to decide where they want to use those new voting rights. Is this where we are headed?