Loading
Latest News |
(See all)

CU In The News

WSJ: The Citizens United Disaster That Wasn’t

Critics warned that a flood of corporate money would irreparably taint politics. No such thing happened.

When the Supreme Court announced its 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the public condemnation from certain quarters was fierce. The notion that a corporation would spend large sums of money to support or denounce a political candidate struck many Americans as deeply troubling. Some saw the court’s 5-4 ruling, which held that corporate political spending is protected by the First Amendment, as constituting a grave threat to the democratic fabric of society.

“Starting today, corporations with large war chests to deploy on electioneering may find democratically elected bodies becoming much more attuned to their interests,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in a 90-page dissenting opinion. He retired from the Supreme Court at the end of that term and later suggested a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.

Many of Citizens United’s harshest critics imagined a nation controlled by multibillion-dollar corporations that would dictate business-friendly legislation to paid-for lawmakers. A New York Times editorial predicted that the ruling would “thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century” by allowing “corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections.” The Washington Post warned that “corporate money, never lacking in the American political process, may now overwhelm both the contributions of individuals and the faith they may harbor in their democracy.” The San Francisco Chronicle warned that “voters should prepare for the worst: cash-drenched elections presided over by free-spending corporations.”

Since those predictions, two presidential and four congressional elections have come and gone. There’s now solid data, filed with the Federal Election Commission, showing how much money corporations have spent in recent elections. It turns out the apocalyptic forecasts were not just inaccurate but utterly insupportable.

Read more...

  
    
Subscribe RSS

Latest Updates

Can business-friendly Terry McAuliffe sell himself to leftward leaning Democrats in 2020?

Terry McAuliffe buttonholed Amazon honchos last week at a Washington...

Is this what DOJ calls FOIA transparency? CU releases heavily redacted 2016 Peter Strzok email communications with Peter Kadzik:

Is this what DOJ calls FOIA transparency? CU releases heavily...

Citizens United files FOIA lawsuit against the State Dept. for Biden, Kerry related records

Citizens United files FOIA lawsuit against the State Dept. for...

CU and CUF File Census Amicus Brief

Department of Commerce v. New York

Citizens United and...

CU In The News

Politico: Trump officials prepared to stonewall Democratic oversight demands

Trump doesn’t plan to negotiate with Congress over investigations the...

CNN: A political upside to impeachment for Trump? Some Trump advisers think so

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his allies weren't shy about...

ABC News: As Democrats arm for more investigations, Trump insider confides, 'We're not ready'

One of President Donald Trump's closest political advisers, a key...

Fox News: Warrant sought in UC-Berkeley attack on conservative activist as Citizens United Foundation offers big reward

Citizens United Foundation is offering a $50,000 reward for details...
Thank You, President Trump. Citizens United for the Trump Agenda

© 2019 - Citizens United - 202-547-5420
1006 Pennsylvania Ave SE - Washington, DC 20003
Privacy Policy