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The right to buy speech

Posted in The Saratogian
April 10th, 2014
Berkshire Eagle April 4

The inevitability of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to wreck another bulwark against the buying of our political system doesn’t diminish its significance.

Coming as the sequel to the 2010 Citizens United decision that struck down limits on spending by corporations, the decision in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission decimates regulations on campaign contributions from individuals. The ruling comes just in time to enable wealthy special interests to buy more influence in the 2014 state and federal elections.

By the predictable 5-4 vote, the Court’s right-wing judicial activists threw precedent to the wind in making a decision saluted by right-wing politicians and their financiers across the land.

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