24 January 2010

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission from Wikipedia is a good starting place and editing has pretty much settled down. Here are some links that are a bit, letussay, angry:

  • Money Isn't Speech and Corporations Aren't People from Slate - Argues against the ruling for corporate personhood. The author, David Kairys, discusses how and to what degrees money is speech and corporations are people. Furthermore, if speech can be reasonably limited, why can't corporate spending be so? The author also points to another article of his, Freedom of Speech I, where he outlines how much the free speech rights came from the work of labor unions in the 1930s and again in the 1960s (take from that as you will).
This Week in Crazy: Clarence Thomas http://salon.com/technology/how_the_world_works/2010/01/22/week_in_crazy_clarence_thomas wanted to eliminate transparency for any corporate political contributions The Court's Blow to Democracy http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/opinion/22fri1.html Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201001251000 "corporations will give to incumbents" Obama says Supreme Court ruling allows foreign companies to spend money on politics http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jan/26/barack-obama/obama-says-supreme-court-ruling-allows-foreign-com/
[ posted by sstrader on 24 January 2010 at 10:08:55 PM in Politics ]