SCOTUS Doubles Down On Corporate Bribery

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    Q) Activist judges? Politicians in robes? Precedence be damned?
    A) John Marshall must be rolling in his grave


    "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." ~ Benita Mussolini







    Supreme Court strengthens Citizens United with Montana ruling - latimes.com


    June 25, 2012

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed the right of corporations to make independent political expenditures, summarily overturning a 100-year-old Montana state law that barred corporations from such political activity.

    The Supreme Court ruled in an unsigned opinion that Montana’s law was in conflict with the 2010 Citizens United decision, which shifted the campaign finance landscape, opening the door to the massive political expenditures that have been shaping this year’s presidential race. The decision was 5-4, split along ideological lines.

    Despite the Citizens United decision, the Montana Supreme Court had refused to strike down its state ban on election spending by corporations. Its judges cited Montana's history of "copper kings" who bribed legislators. Campaign finance reform advocates had hoped that the current wave of election-related spending would help make their case for the need to reconsider Citizens United.

    Still, it was considered highly unlikely that the court, in its current configuration, would reverse itself on such a recent ruling.

    The court issued a summary reversal without waiting to hear oral arguments in the case.

    In a dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that “Montana’s experience, like considerable experience elsewhere since the Court’s decision in Citizens United, casts grave doubts on the Court’s supposition that independent expenditures do not corrupt or appear to do so.” But he acknowledged that the court was not likely to reconsider the ruling.

    Advocates for stricter campaign finance regulations said they would continue their fight for tougher laws in Congress and the courts.

    “Citizens and the nation are not going to accept the Supreme Court imposed campaign finance system that allows our government to be auctioned off to billionaires, millionaires, corporate funders and other special interests using political money to buy influence and results,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. “A major national campaign finance reform movement will begin immediately after the 2012 elections.”
     
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    SCOTUS interprets the law...Congress makes laws.
    And congress is not about to change the current situation.
    There is something egregiously wrong with the fact a public servant can retire as a millionaire after serving in one of the houses for several terms.
     
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    They had already said that such limits were violative of the First Amendment.

    They affirmed and confirmed precedent.

    Pay attention TdM.
     
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    Yup. Good to know. Seriously - good to know.
     
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    Incorporation doesn't prevent free speech. This ruling upholds that and Citizens United at the state level.

    Contributions and thier governance did not change by this ruling and are still strictly regulated.
     
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    What part of "Congress shall make no law abridging the Freedom of speech" is difficult for you guys to understand?
     
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    ^ The whole speech thing.
     

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