January 24, 2010

Additional Questions

Following up on armand...

...if the Supreme Court just said, essentially, that corporations/unions have as much free speech as individuals (and thus they can spend money to buy political adds) then either:

1. Like individuals, they are limited to spending $2000 per election per candidate OR

2. Since corporations/unions can spend unlimited funds, then individuals can as well.

Or am I misreading this: the individual limits apply to contributions to specific campaigns, where the recent decision just said that corporations/unions can spend money on political speech like an individual, and individuals can already spend unlimited amounts of money on political speech (either themselves or by funneling it through PACs/501c3s).

In any event, I assume the FEC needs to specifically spell out how they are going to interpret the ruling, given the rather important election coming up in ten months.

Posted by baltar at January 24, 2010 08:46 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Corporate Bullshit | Corruption | Free Speech | Law and the Courts | Politics

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