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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    When has a corporation been prosecuted?
    Arthur Andersen comes to mind.

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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    I'm just waiting for the politicians to start wearing suits with patches like NASCAR drivers.

    I wonder who Iran wants to win our next election and will pour billions into to get into office. It seems with this new ruling they wil be free to do so if they funnel through a US corporation.
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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Corporations can be prosecuted but the punishment is always monetary damages or restraining orders.

    Unlike other "people" you can't put a corporation in jail.

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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Corporations can be prosecuted but the punishment is always monetary damages or restraining orders.

    Unlike other "people" you can't put a corporation in jail.
    I'm sure the corporations making $3-4 billion per quarter are devastated when they have to pay a few hundred million in fines.

    I wish if I did something illegal I only got fined 5% of my annual income.
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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Hm? Where do you think I have done that? My comments about this case are the same ones made by the 4 lawyers on the Supreme Court who filed their dissent.

    I pretty much stated it above, when I laid out what I understand to be what was deemed in the decision. And that is that although advertising is opened up, outright donations, ( the very thing you represent as "buying the candidate" ) is not. That would seem to be a misrepresentation on your part....


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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I pretty much stated it above, when I laid out what I understand to be what was deemed in the decision. And that is that although advertising is opened up, outright donations, ( the very thing you represent as "buying the candidate" ) is not. That would seem to be a misrepresentation on your part....

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    Well, we're just disagreeing on terms.

    If I were a candidate and a corporation came to me and said "Listen, we can only give you $1200 under the law, but we're going to spend $14 million on advertising on your behalf" how is that any different from giving the candidate $14 million? You're just cutting out the middleman...

    Seriously, I find it hard to believe that anyone would think that a politician would not be beholden to some corporation (or union) that spends millions on their behalf.

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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    I'm sure the corporations making $3-4 billion per quarter are devastated when they have to pay a few hundred million in fines.

    I wish if I did something illegal I only got fined 5% of my annual income.
    Arthur Andersen received what amounted to capital punishment. That's a bit more than 5% of their liquidity.
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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Well, we're just disagreeing on terms.

    If I were a candidate and a corporation came to me and said "Listen, we can only give you $1200 under the law, but we're going to spend $14 million on advertising on your behalf" how is that any different from giving the candidate $14 million? You're just cutting out the middleman...

    Seriously, I find it hard to believe that anyone would think that a politician would not be beholden to some corporation (or union) that spends millions on their behalf.

    So, are you then saying that demo politicians are "beholden" to say Geo. Soros? By you logic they should be, No?


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    Re: Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spending

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    While I agree with you that campaign finance laws are generally too strict and some of them are an assault on free speech, I am horrified that the Supreme Court has overturned 100 years of precedent by essentially granting corporations the same rights as human beings.
    They overturned a case less than 20 years old.
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