Citizens United and the Presidential Campaign

Friday, January 20, 2012


When the US Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case in 2010, it allowed unlimited contributions to support candidates as long as those candidates didn’t ‘coordinate’ with the so-called Super PACs that support them.  Two years later, how’s that working in practice?  Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer tells Brooke that there’s been a glut of cash and an almost absurd bending of the rules in the presidential campaign thus far.

Comments [4]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

What I find more than a little amusing is the enormous amount of paid media, ads, attacking Newt, forcing him to rely more on personally stating what are practically incontrovertible simple facts about Mitt, but resulting with this primary electorate in that old adage, "Any publicity is good publicity!" Whose name keeps getting hammered into voters' heads? Not Mitt's. This electorate is so depraved that first, if they're young enough, they don't believe the charges and if they're older, they do not care.

Look, the acknowledged 'most popular' politician in the WORLD is Bill Clinton and look at his baggage. Part of that nearly became U.S. President and is our Secretary of State. (It hurts me to be so chauvinist but, in this case, it is hard to avoid.)

We had a reborn Gov. Moonbeam. Want to imagine a President Moondoggle?

Jan. 26 2012 08:46 PM
Mark Richard from Columbus, Ohio

The continuing crusade by OTM and others in the left-leaning media is hypocrisy on stilts. There is no reason why Michael Scherer or Brooke Gladstone, both of whom work for corporations, should as a result demand free-speech rights not available to those who do not work for 'media' corporations.

This country spends more on dog food than on political campaigns - which should put this issue in some perspective.

Unintentionally, the piece above really illustrates how attempts to control 'corruption' (plenty of places with strong controls also have plenty of corruption, but never mind) by censorship of some sort inevitably lead to a rat's nest. OTM and others, often perceptive about people or ideas they dislike, are irony-impaired when it comes to themselves. A lot of people hate big corporations pushing political candidates. The same people regard NPR and others as 'big corporations', too.

Jan. 24 2012 05:00 PM

What a catastrophe that Organized Labor would have a balancing (and opposing) force in the form of the companies that employ them!

Jan. 24 2012 02:35 AM
buzz from Philly

It's ironic that the repeal of McCain-Feingold would solve this "problem" and revert the system back to the "good ole days".

At least we would not have to hear "I'm an S.O.B. and I approve this garbage". I hate that !@#$

Jan. 21 2012 02:54 PM

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