On Thursday, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court overturned several precedents previously denying corporations unlimited spending in elections. The Court ruled that the First Amendment right to free speech extended to corporations. Previously limited from directly contributing to candidates, corporations now have the right to unlimited “speech” in the form of campaign donations. This is catastrophic to whatever semblance of true democratic participation left existing in the United States.
- A summary of the decision.
- Global Integrity calls the decision what it is: corrupt. (full disclosure: I worked for Global Integrity in 2008 for six months – they’re fantastic)
- The decision can open the door for foreign corporate involvement in US Politics. Think: Manchurian candidates.
- Keith Olbermann paints an apocalyptic future in his Special Comment on Thursday.
- Amalgamations of the reality.
- The court thinks democracy is a joke. I’m not laughing.
- Possible solutions: amendment (ha), shareholder approval, ethical consumerism, or, you know…revolution.