Portending a sharp increase in corporate political spending, the Supreme Court has ruled (Citizens United v. FEC)
that corporations enjoy the same speech rights of citizens when it
comes to advocating the election or defeating political candidates.
Elected officials, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have
denounced the ruling as striking at the heart of our democracy by
putting corporations on an equal footing with real people when it comes
to basic constitutional rights.
When a coal company spent $3 million to help elect the Chief Justice of the West Virginia
Supreme Court and that Chief Justice turned around and overturned a $50
million jury judgment against the company, many commentators thought it
stunk of corruption and that the judge should have recused himself from