Where are all the cries coming from right-wingers about activist judges? Our politicians are already overly influenced by corporations, now they are going to be selected by corporations too. Great! And it isn’t just GE, Exxon, Citibank, Wal-Mart or UnitedHealth we need to worry about. There is nothing to stop a Saudi or Chinese corporation from buying ads to influence our elections now. Thanks Supreme Court.
Thanks for setting the course for all those sci-fi movies and futuristic books with mega-corporations running the world. When do they start determining who costs too much to live – oh wait, insurance companies already do! Pfizer can start feeding us soma to keep us happy, Wal-Mart can instruct us in what is OK to buy, and UnitedHealth can start eliminating the surplus population that costs us a little too much as a society.
Do you think I am overreacting? Think about a local election. The total campaign expenditures in 2008 for both candidates in my house district 36B was under $50,000. What is stopping a company from spending $50,000 or $100,000 on one candidate to send their own henchman to the State House? How much do they spend on lobbyists? Who needs a lobbyist when a company can have their own Joe Leiberman.
And what about the cost of ads now? With the influx of spending, the cost will go up. It’s called supply and demand. That will make it harder for a local candidate to afford to advertise. It will make running a campaign even more expensive, thus more beholden to big money.
Let’s be honest. Republicans have got to be most happy about this decision. Not because they will likely benefit from more corporate spending than Democrats, but because the onslaught of commercials will just turn more people off to politics. The fewer people engaged the better Republicans do. Suppressing the number of voters is good news for the GOP.
Republican leadership is spewing first amendment talking point trash, but the only ‘persons” who will soon have first amendment rights will be “persons” with money. John McCain has every right to be “disappointed” Mitch McConnell.