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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Supreme Court's Decision On Campaign Finance Law

The blogosphere is atwitter again, this time regarding the recent 5-4 ruling on campaign finance laws.

Corporations and labor unions can now spend freely on behalf of political candidates.

Free speech advocates are pleased.

You can see a variety of reactions from the left and the right over at Memeorandum.


The justices weighed two fundamental political forces -- the power of the central government and the concentration of corporate wealth -- and tilted decidedly in favor of the latter. The opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy made a vigorous argument based on the Constitution for the right of the public to be exposed to a multitude of ideas and against the ability of government to limit political speech, even in the interest of fighting corruption.

''The censorship we now confront is vast in its reach,'' Kennedy wrote.

Strongly dissenting, Justice John Paul Stevens said, ''The court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation.''

The bottomline here is that during your favorite television or radio shows, there will be tons more political commercials leading up to elections.

Big. Freaking. Deal.

I mute those suckers anyway and prefer to look at voting records of candidates before I cast a vote.