Jan 21, 2010

Corporate Candidates

By 5-4 vote, the court overturned federal laws, in effect for decades, that prevented corporations from using their profits to buy political campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

Though it seems like a while before this decision will have any effect on the political process, I don't foresee any way in which it could be conceived of as a good thing. However, that my just be my kneejerk liberalism acting out here. I haven't really researched the topic (so my words might as well be random keystrokes), but the idea that corporations can really throw money around in elections doesn't bode well for the country...or democracy in general.

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