Saturday, October 12, 2013

Citizens United, Part II: The Worst is About to Fall On Us

Outside the USSC Building During  McCutcheon v. FEC Hearing

Dateline the Supreme Court, October 9, 2013 — Highlights:  The Supreme Court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), a case that could lead to huge changes in campaign financing far beyond that levied on the public with the lousy 5-4 ruling in Citizens United in 2010 (namely the TEA "party" that still haunts us till this day). 

In this article, presented by Bill Moyers and Company, we can see some fine pieces that shed light on where this case may be going and what the possible outcome means — most of which will not be good or pretty for democracy.

Imagine a boatload of anyone billionaires ranging from Donald Trump to Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers and every billionaire in between writing multimillion dollar checks to a single candidate or a number of candidates who just happen to side with their mostly narrow and selfish agendas. A proven fact.

A sample of what many expected would happen during the oral arguments from the conservative justices:

They basically that they may further unwind campaign finance restrictions by eliminating federal limits on how much individuals may donate to political candidates and committees. Justice Scalia, who led the charge for conservatives, disputed the idea that giving large amounts to candidates or parties reflects “corruption,” instead likening it to “gratitude,” and then he added: “I mean, if gratitude is corruption, don't those independent expenditures by PACs evoke gratitude?  It's not as if we're prohibiting big money from being in politics. Big money can be in political — you just can't give to political parties.”  

Folks we are in for very big trouble if this goes down 5-4 like Citizens United. The question is: what can “We, the People” do. Simple: we still have our vote and that is our voice. Are we prepared to use it? One hopes so.

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