The Citizens United Shall Never Be Divided
September 24, 2010 3:40 AM Subscribe
posted by lucien_reeve (44 comments total)
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The latest attempt to mitigate the impact of the Citizens United
decision has failed, with an attempt to pass transparency rules for corporations funding political advertising failing to reach cloture
. Obama comments on this vote in his most recent weekly address
Citizens United v Federal Election Commission
(2010) held that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.
You can read the original judgement in the case here
. (I particularly recommend Stevens dissent, which seems to me to be very interesting reading).
Jurist Ronald Dworkin criticizes it strongly here
The legal status of corporations has been much discussed recently. Should they be accorded the same rights as people
? Commentators have observed that if corporations were people, they would be considered psychopaths
This has come up several times on Metafilter: the original SCOTUS decision was reported here
, a Rolling Stone
article discusses how political operatives might take advantage of it here
and as far back as here
the idea of Corporate Personhood is raised. And probably elsewhere as well!