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    Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    The first paragraph says it all - corporations rule this country now and will continue to do so as long as they are allowed to spend whatever they wish on politics

    Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

    By a 5-4 vote, the court's conservative justices said the decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign finance laws and guarantees corporate and labor union interests the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices.
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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    Sweet. Time to run for office to get my hands on some free money.

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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    finally, a growth industry. we can all get jobs creating distortion campaigns to convince each other to vote for corporate candidate x or y.

    employment problem sizzolved.

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    And here I foolishly had hope that the court would fix their mistake. What a silly thing to think...
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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    The immigration ruling will be filling the airwaves while this important decision will be glanced upon. Money influences campaigns and elections. I believe the era of the Super-PAC needs to end and we should place more importance on who the person is rather than their party platform. This pretty much ends any hope of ending a two-party system that has failed us for many years.

    Money buys the commercials. Commercials influence the people without regard to actual validity. Ignorant masses vote for the same corruption. It never ends.
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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    The first paragraph says it all - corporations rule this country now and will continue to do so as long as they are allowed to spend whatever they wish on politics
    I like how they ruled that the individual is limited while corporations are not. Corporatism, killing the Republic while being cheered for by the government.
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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I like how they ruled that the individual is limited while corporations are not. Corporatism, killing the Republic while being cheered for by the government.
    Nobody is stopped from using their own money to advocate for any candidate. Individuals can spend unlimited quantities of money advocating for anything they wish. That has never been restricted.

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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    You folks do realize this was argued for and benefits the unions, right? It's not just corporations, but unions who are behind this.

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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    You folks do realize this was argued for and benefits the unions, right? It's not just corporations, but unions who are behind this.
    Wrong: the unions opposed Citizens United and they opposed this.

    The AFL-CIO supports the overturning of the Citizens United decision and calls for immediate action to end the dominance of our political system by corporations and the 1%. The AFL-CIO has long advocated for measures to bring about greater fairness, openness and participation in elections—reforms that enfranchise voters and ensure that wealth does not wield disproportionate influence. We support public financing of campaigns, limitations on individual contributions to candidates and parties and public disclosure of political expenditures. We also support measures to enable citizens to vote more easily, and we oppose voter identification and similar measures that are aimed at seizing partisan advantage through disenfranchisement. And, we oppose misleadingly labeled “paycheck protection” measures that would exacerbate inequality by hampering union political activity while leaving corporate and rich individuals’ political spending unimpeded.

    AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Citizens United
    The unions don't have near enough money to counter unliminted corporate donations.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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    Re: Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

    Time to amend the Constitution.

    Corporations and Unions are NOT people...

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