Friday, January 22, 2010

New playing field

SUPREME COURT | A decision allowing corporations to spend money on politics will drastically change campaigning | Emily Belz

CITIZENS UNITED'S DAVID BOSSIE (AP/LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE)

WASHINGTON—Just as newly elected Scott Brown was walking the halls of the Senate office buildings, the Supreme Court announced a decision that will have far-reaching implications for campaigns later this year.

“The impact of this case could dwarf the implications of Tuesday’s election,” said Michael Waldman, the executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice, who opposed the ruling.

After more than a year of deliberation and a second hearing in September, the high court ruled that corporations’ funding of campaigns should not be regulated, overturning its own precedents as well as laws like McCain-Feingold that restricted campaign spending. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, supported by Chief Justice John Roberts as well as Justices Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia. Full article.

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