The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters
by John Dunbar
Posted August 10, 2019
By now most folks know that the U.S. Supreme Court did something that changed how money can be spent in elections and by whom, but what happened and why should you care?
The Citizens United ruling, released in January 2010, tossed out the corporate and union ban on making independent expenditures and financing electioneering communications. It gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools, calling for the election or defeat of individual candidates.
In a nutshell, the high court’s 5-4 decision said that it is OK for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate. More…
It is pretty obvious to most people that the Citizen’s United decision effectively legalized bribery of “our” elected officials.
How can a representative represent you when they are being paid millions to represent others?