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European Human Rights Group, U.S. Media Decry SCOTUS Ruling

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Posted on Jan 22, 2010
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ABC’s Diane Sawyer is no fan of the Supreme Court decision on campaign finance. She said Thursday on her “World News” report that the ruling opens the “floodgates for companies and unions to spend all the money they want attacking political candidates.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to loosen corporate restrictions on campaign finance didn’t sit well with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an international human rights coalition of 56 European nations, but somehow we doubt that the top court’s conservative justices are going to lose sleep over that particular critique. Oh, and certain members of the American media didn’t like SCOTUS’ ruling either.

The Washington Post:

The head of its office that monitors democratic practices says the ruling effectively lifting limits on election spending by corporations and unions “threatens to further marginalize candidates without strong financial backing or extensive personal resources.”

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By wildflower, January 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm Link to this comment

Re Miko: “I suggest you avoid using the phrase “faulty logic”

But this is the way I see it.  Although some of the justices opted to play it like it was a First Amendment issue, it was obviously an equal protection issue and I believe these justices knew it, which from my perspective is less than honest.

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By Druthers, January 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

Salome just dropped her veils. She may be an old hag but here is no more mystery now.  All that “contributing” is now legal.
Our world is now officially ruled by deep pockets blessed by five choir boys.

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By purplewolf, January 24, 2010 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Hello Fascism Goodbye America.

It is time to disband the Supreme Court as obsolete. It has proven they do not have the welfare of the people of America but those with the money to pay them off for this last nail in the coffin.

For those Repukelicans who think this was a great day for America, like John “Boner” Boehner of Ohio, that man is an idiot and will no doubt be one of the first replaced by some corporate goon with a slightly higher I.Q. As for all the hype placing unions over corps in the news, unions are almost dead and those that still exist have very little power to do much of anything, thanks again to the Repugs union busting since the days of Reagan. Better to keep an eye on big insurance, pharms, corps, agri-corps, the true traitors. Constantly placing unions at the top is a red herring.

Who is to say that big corps from other countries will not be the first in line to be allowed to buy their places in America’s political seats and thus do what they want to the people here.

The reason Roberts and his like are able to sleep at night is they have no conscience or soul and remember when G.W. selected his cronies claiming they were of Christian values and moral character, just like Muckasey, another vile, evil underhanded Bush appointee. We are still be destroyed from the appointees from the last 8 years of Bush, a person who destroyed every business he was in charge of, America included.

Now we may understand the 2012 predictions with more clarity.

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By amex, January 24, 2010 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

PITCHFORK them.  At some point the ignorant American had better wake up and start to revolt or they will soon become the untouchables of India.

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By Jean Gerard, January 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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If there’s nothing else == no organized citizen’s movement to counteract this
outrage, the very least we can do is get out information widely before elections
on who accepted corporate money, and then vote AGAINST them for that very
reason.
  A kind of biter-bit situation might be created, if this were a planned
approach known widely before elections.  Some candidates might hesitate to
accept corporate money as a point of honor.  Some might even make it a point
in their favor by publicly refusing such money ahead of time. 
  Under good organization it might become the first step in getting campaign
reform.
  Present conditions of citizen apathy make it hard to believe in such a tactic,
but it could happen. but it would depend on widespread public information and
support and might even be phrased as a massive protest movement. 
  The tactic resembles putting “spin” on a tennis ball—it comes at you
straight, and you use the force of that directness to turn the ball in an
unexpected direction.  Yes?  No?

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By Miko, January 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment
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“threatens to further marginalize candidates without strong financial backing or extensive personal resources.”

Ridiculous claim.  The overturned legislation placed absolutely no restrictions on candidates with extensive personal resources.

All that’s really happened is that now the ACLU has the same freedom to talk about politics that Fox News currently has.

Corporations ruled everything before this, and they’ll rule everything after this, so there’s really no reason to be upset about this ruling based on consequentialist concerns.

@wildflower: “Not only has SCOTUS used faulty logic to draw a conclusion”

Just a guess, but in fact you have no clue what logic the SCOTUS used to reach their conclusion, do you?  If you care enough to actually read the full text of their decision as well as all applicable law and legal precedent on the matter, good for you.  If not, I suggest you avoid using the phrase “faulty logic” as a synonym for “the outcome is not what I wanted.”

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By wildflower, January 23, 2010 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

RE SCOTUS: “The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to loosen corporate restrictions on campaign finance didn’t sit well with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an international human rights coalition of 56 European nations, somehow we doubt that the top court’s conservative justices are going to lose sleep over that particular critique.”

They should loose a lot more than sleep since they have disgraced themselves in front of the whole world. Not only has SCOTUS used faulty logic to draw a conclusion, but they’ve also betrayed their country, and who respects this?

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By Bill Owen, January 23, 2010 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Wow, Dianne Sawyer, billionaire, former Nixon employee, a woman of the people! Who knew.

Great photoshopping on that picture too! She looks 30, she is 64, another lie.

Glenn Greenwald got this story right too, it changes nothing, the corporations have been running the government for years, this just makes it official.

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