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The real value of the Citizens United decision might be its crystal-clear affirmation of reality. Like I said this morning, I'm not a fan of the decision. But "corporate" money has always been in politics. The Court itself noted that "political speech is so ingrained in this country’s culture that speakers find ways around campaign finance laws." The problem is that it's not. As a country, we don't spend nearly enough energy on politics. Only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at The ActBlue Blog
While I'm disappointed by the decision of the court in the matter of Citizens United v. FEC, we know that corporate money has always maneuvered around the legislative barriers erected by Congress. Moreover, the academic doomsaying around this issue overlooks an essential truth about American politics: millions of engaged Americans are always worth more than millions of corporate dollars. Denying the agency and power of Americans feeds a culture of cynicism and disengagement that is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at The ActBlue Blog