In a decision that shows the extended impact of the Supreme
Court's Citizens United ruling
, the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the District of Columbia struck down limits on contributions to
political groups that spend money to support or oppose candidates.
court found that the $5,000 annual limit on contributions to such groups
is unconstitutional, writing that the Citizens United ruling "resolves
this appeal," in favor of SpeechNow.org, a group that seems to have been
started with the specific purpose of challenging campaign-finance
SCOTUSblog concludes that this ruling "significantly
broadens the impact of Citizens United, extending its constitutional
reasoning from campaign spending to campaign donations."
something is done quickly - like amending the Constitution to say that
corporations aren't persons and don't get Bill of Rights protections -
we can expect to see more and more of our elected officials having to
bow to the wishes of the world's largest corporations or get creamed by
multi-million dollar corporate financed ad campaigns.
Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)