[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.