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The Citizens United ruling really did break the back of American democracy and we're going to be dealing with it for decades, if not longer.

The thing is the Supreme Court knew what it was doing and basically handed political elections to those with the most money.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

On Jan. 21, 2010, then-Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote in the Citizens United case, which was brought by a group chaired by David Bossie, who would later serve as Trump’s deputy campaign manager.

Kennedy wrote in the majority decision that limits on independent expenditures violated the First Amendment rights of corporations and other groups, effectively overturning spending restrictions dating back more than a century.

The decision allowed corporations to spend unlimited money on campaign ads as long as they did not formally coordinate with candidates or political parties. According to Kennedy, there could not be corruption, because “an independent expenditure is political speech presented to the electorate that is not coordinated with a candidate.”

lyndonb 3 years ago

Here are a few things everyone should watch:

Keith Olbermann on on "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission"

And this from Romey in 2011