Monday, January 25, 2010

This Isn't What I Had in Mind When I Asked for Campaign Finance Reform

Today’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC abolishes the previously settled distinction between corporate and individual expenditures in American elections and would appear to apply to state and local elections as well as Federal ones given that the Court recognizes such a First Amendment right. This is literally an earth shattering change in the lay of the land in campaign finance, and it will have ramifications in every way imaginable for the foreseeable future.

  Empty Wheel, FDL

Very sad, indeed. We are not turning back the tide folks. We have been Katrina’d. Would this be an appropriate time to tune out?

Much, if not all, of what is wrong in this country can probably be traced back to the late 1880s when they gave corporations the legal status of a person.

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. -- Abraham Lincoln

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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