Citizens, United?

No Supreme Court decision in recent years has ignited a firestorm of protest and mayhem like the Citizens United decision, now two years old.  The basic finding was that corporations, like people, have certain free speech rights that cannot be curtailed without a “compelling interest”, and none has been described.  The current political campaign is being entirely shaped by this decision and everyone, left and right, agrees that it is not for the better.  But what can be done about it?

There are serious challenges shaping that could overturn this decision, at least in part.  But what’s most astonishing is that the worst offenses are not a direct result of the Supreme Court’s order but how it has been implemented in the chaotic political climate that rules Washington.  Blame the courts, yes, but there is much more that can be done to correct the worst of this.

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