Published on June 27, 2012 | by LawNews
Prof. Daniel Greenwood Examines US Supreme Court’s Refusal to Reconsider Citizens United
In Citizens United, the Supreme Court held, by a five-to-four vote, that the free speech clause of the First Amendment requires legislatures to allow corporations to spend their funds to influence electoral campaigns. Somehow, free speech—originally the protector of the opposition essential to democracy and the critical dissent that defines freedom—was transformed into a license for corruption. This week, the five justices who decided Citizens United refused to reconsider that wrong decision. The Court summarily reversed the Montana Supreme Court, which had held that at least in Montana restrictions on corporate electioneering were essential to limit actual, historical corruption of the democratic process by outside mining interests.
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