Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Great Victory for Free Speech, Robust Elections, and Probably Apple Pie Too

[Note: I authored the following post on Thursday right after the Citizens United decision came down. I thought I had posted the same to the blog.  But apparently, some wires in the interwebs somewhere got crossed and it didn’t happen.  Anyway, as I said below I’ll have an analysis / defense of the decision up ASAP.]

Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, striking down long-established laws restricting the political speech (via independent expenditures) of businesses and unions in support of or opposition to candidates. The decision was 5-4, with the usual split. Haven’t had time to even read the syllabus of the case yet, but this is a very good day indeed: What just might be the beginning of the end (finally, finally) of a campaign finance regulation scheme that runs contrary to the most important, most fundamental rights that free people have. 

(Am I letting my opinions on the matter show? Ah, well…)

The opinions are here. Analysis as soon as I have time.


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