Supreme Court authorizes "Corporations Gone Wild"

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    Jan 22, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    In the worst decision since Dred Scott, the Roberts Court has removed all restrictions on corporate spending in political campaigns today. This will have far reaching consequences for every progressive movements, including ours. If they don't want to pony up money for domestic partnership benefits, then they'll just outspend us in any region where it's being proposed.

    It's an absolute outrage.

    [quote][cite]Huffington Post[/cite]By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday rolled back restrictions on corporate spending on federal campaigns. The decision could unleash a torrent of corporate-funded attack ads in upcoming elections.

    "Because speech is an essential mechanism of democracy -- it is the means to hold officials accountable to the people -- political speech must prevail against laws that would suppress it by design or inadvertence," wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority.

    In his dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens accused the majority of judicial activism and attacked the use of corporate personhood in the case: "The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court's disposition of this case."

    Republicans offered measured praise for the decision, but progressive good-government groups and Democrats responded angrily and vowed to fight back with legislation.

    "With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," said President Obama in a statement. "It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans... That's why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision."

    Democracy 21's Fred Wertheimer, for years a leading advocate of campaign finance reform, called the decision a "disaster for the American people and a dark day for the Supreme Court."/quote]
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    Jan 23, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    The Supreme Court sold America. I don’t see how any intelligent person Dem or Rep can even want to live in a country like that. It doesn’t matter what happens in the midterm, or the next presidential election, or the one after that, at least not to me anymore. To summarize how I feel about that: There was a flag flying in front of my house, it will be sitting in the garage now.