Thursday, January 21, 2010

Biz, unions freed to spend big on elections | General News |

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court voted today to let unions and big business spend directly to political campaigns. Conservative associate justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas ruled in favor, along with Chief Justice John Roberts, while John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotamayor dissented.

The ruling questions the intent of the the Tillman Act of 1907, in which corporations were barred from contributing directly to federal candidates.

Some voices regarding the ruling....

"The court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation."- Justice John Paul Stevens.

"It's going to be the Wild Wild West. If corporations and unions can give unlimited amounts ... it means that the public debate is significantly changed with a lot more voices and it means that the loudest voices are going to be corporations and unions."....Ben Ginsburg, a Republican lawyer who has represented several Republican campaigns.

If you thought political advertising was out of control already, stick around....its going to get more intense. This ruling could open the door to special interests having point men in Congress working directly for them, for all intents and purposes, it would be perfectly legal.

No more statesmen, but an empowered group of legal bagmen.

If you thought the upset win of Scott Brown was monumental, it pales in comparison to this ruling. Indeed, a sad day for America.

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