Men and Women in Black Dresses: The Supremes Say OK To Buy Congress
The ruling was surprising in its support of free speech by corporate entities, who may now, along with their union brethren, feel free to pour on ads, opinion pieces, and support for PACs and individual congresspeople and senators.
In other words, let the buying begin. No matter how you feel about the first amendment rights of corporations (vs. those of individuals), you’ve got to agree that this will heat up the fall 2010 races.
The gloves are off – and smart candidates will be thinking a lot about who they want their ‘friends’ to be in the coming elections. In just about the time it takes to make a baby, we’ll be seeing very clearly the results of this ruling. I’m sure John McCain will take this as further proof that our system needs correcting.
Corporations will go Republican, unions to the Democrats. Obama has called it a benefit for oil, banks, and the health care industry. Now I’d imagine they’re not exactly pleased as punch and will be looking for opportunities that will work against him by helping to move Congress further to the right.
This is an excerpt from the New York Times:
The ruling represented a sharp doctrinal shift, and it will have major political and practical consequences. Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision to reshape the way elections were conducted. Though the decision does not directly address them, its logic also applies to the labor unions that are often at political odds with big business.