Contributing writer for Wake Up World
“If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The 2010 decision regarding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is one of the most controversial Supreme Court ruling of all time. Striking down limits for corporate and union campaign expenditures, the case was decided 5-4 and has set a president for the spending of unlimited sums on ads and various other political tools by corporations, labor unions and the wealthy.
There’s one catch: it has to happen independently of a candidate or party. On the surface, this stipulation appears to be a safeguard against massive amounts of money swaying elections. However, the reality is much different. Instead, money is funneled through super PACs, which are only slightly removed from the candidates they support. Campaigns are still considered ‘legal’ — as far as the ruling is concerned — but now are flush with cash from corporate, union and private donors who maintain their own agendas. A win-win — for politicians and their donors, at least. The rest of us lose.
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