Corporations as Citizens?

The Supreme Court just overturned a key component of the McCain-Feingold law that placed limits on the financing of campaigns. Basically, corporations are now allowed to contribute as much money to campaigns as they want. 


Congress has promised to react aggressively and put into place a law that will pass the scrutiny of the Supreme Court, something that must have broad support across the ideological spectrum.


Four Justices dissented, and apparently Stevens did so bitterly. Below is an on-point and thought-provoking quote from Stevens:

Justice Stevens





“Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters… The financial resources, legal structure, and instrumental orientation of corporations raise legitimate concerns about their role in the electoral process. Our lawmakers have a compelling constitutional basis, if not also a democratic duty, to take measures designed to guard against the potentially deleterious effects of corporate spending in local and national races.”



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