NPR’s Morning Edition reviews Citizens United

On the one-year anniversary of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, Morning Edition has a story on the decision’s consequences.

The story describes the FEC as deadlocked:

[The three] Republicans wanted new rules that didn’t mandate disclosure of big, undisclosed contributions — the kind that financed thousands of attack ads last year. The three Democrats wanted the mandatory disclosure….

This is how things go in the post-Citizens United world of political money: deadlocks, protests and a steady push toward deregulation.

Elsewhere the struggle continues:

Opponents of Citizens United are going to Capitol Hill on Friday, seeking a constitutional amendment to limit corporate spending. … Public financing for congressional elections is being endorsed by 147 former senators and House members.

Is there a chance the decision could be vacated? Common Cause thinks so:

On Thursday, the watchdog group Common Cause alleged that Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas had close ties to conservative activists who benefited from the Citizens United ruling. Common Cause President Bob Edgar says the Justice Department should investigate.

“If the department finds a conflict on the part of either justice, Common Cause asks that the solicitor general petition the court to vacate the Citizens United decision,” Edgar said.

But the right wing has set its sights very high:

The federal ban on foreign donors faces a court challenge. House Republicans plan to vote next week to kill off public financing in presidential elections.

And the Center for Competitive Politics, an anti-regulation group, wants to undo the century-old ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates.

Looks like we’ve got a real fight on our hands.

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, (, Integrity Texas (, and several friends.
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