Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Supreme Court Conservative Judicial Activism Corrupted Our Electoral System

The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was an outrageous act of conservative judicial activism. This decision rejected all campaign spending limits, threatening our democracy and giving corporations unprecedented influence on candidates and elections. It allowed candidates to accept contributions from unspecified sources, as was evident during the recent elections. It was completely antithetical to campaign finance reform and the public funding of elections. Instead of referring to "campaign contributions," we should refer to the buying of elections and influence by what it is: corruption. The cartoon above by Khalili Bendib in Truthout points out that no matter the terms of reference and no matter where it takes place, corruption is corruption.

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