Thursday, January 21, 2010

SCOTUS Screwed Us

I've been expecting this since I read about the case months ago, but it still rankles that SCOTUS struck down limits on corporate money being spent to influence elections. The only bright side I see here is that they actually have been doing this already by stealthily funding front groups to do their dirty work, so maybe we'll see some of those dismantled.

Probably a fool's hope though since the court insisted on a disclosure rule that forces them to identify the funders of the advertising. Seems more likely we'll see even more scummy astroturf orgs to provide cover.

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Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Do the limits really make that much difference Libby? I see many times individuals donating way over the maximum to a candidate and nobody makes them give it back.

Legislation for the sake of saying we did something is in the end, a waste of time.

2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I don't think on a practical level it makes much difference. The corporations already own us. I had a thought this morning, that it may even work out for the best. People already tune out the political ad blitz at the end of campaign season. If they start blitzing even earlier, people might tune them out altogether.

3:05:00 PM  

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