Supreme Court lets corporations pick politicians
The Supreme Court's decision to remove limits on corporate spending in congressional and presidential elections can be viewed in any number of ways. But one thing is certain - election contributions are about to skyrocket.
The case was originally brought by Citizens United against the FederalElections Committee, who kept Citizens from airing Hillary The Moviewithout disclosing donors to the non-profit.
This is great news if you're a first amendment advocate or the CEO of a corporation who was routinely upset by how little you could contribute for your favorite politica from another state. But for those who already feel that corporations have too much sway in the political world, this is a serious setback. The McCain-Feingold law, portions of which will be overturned by the ruling, was at least a step towards a more open, transparent, and fair system of campaign funding, even if it did allow individuals to donate to politicians outside of their district.
But with this ruling the Supreme Court has taken what little sway voters have over their own representatives and given it directly to unions and corporations.