E.J. Dionne on Third-Party Campaign Spending

In his column in today’s Washington Post, E.J. Dionne writes:

The “logic” behind Citizens United is that third-party spending can’t possibly be corrupting. The five-justice majority declared that “this Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption. That speakers may have influence over or access to elected officials does not mean that those officials are corrupt. And the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy.”

You can decide what’s more stunning about this statement, its naivete or its arrogance.

Dionne describes how Citizens United is enabling the wealthy to wage a new class war, attacking Democrats while keeping their own culpability secret.

About Hamilton Richards

I retired in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. These days I volunteer technical support for Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter), Common Ground for Texans, (CG4Tx.org), Integrity Texas (IntegrityTexas.org), and several friends.
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