Supreme Court questions company campaign spending limits - Yahoo! NewsWed Sep 9, 2:33 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Corporate spending limits in U.S. political campaigns may be too broad and silence free-speech rights of small businesses like a local hairdresser, Supreme Court conservatives said on Wednesday.
But the court's four liberals, including new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said more harm than good could be done by overturning precedents upholding the restrictions on corporations and labor unions.
The comments came during arguments in a special session to consider ending long-standing limits on corporate and union spending in political campaigns.
The case involves a 2008 movie critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is now President Barack Obama's secretary of state.
A lower federal court barred the advocacy group Citizens United from promoting the film, "Hillary: The Movie," ruling it was covered by the laws on campaign advertising, though the group had argued it was a documentary and thus exempt.
Any one else predict a ruling saying that the movie should have been able to be promoted, but without ruling McCain Fiengold unconstitutional?