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2010: High court ruling may have huge impact on 2010 races [McCain-Feingold]
The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-07 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 09/07/2009 3:47:10 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments from campaign finance reform advocates and opponents in a case many insiders say will be the most significant decision in more than 35 years.

The case the court will hear, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has the potential to overturn key elements of campaign finance law that prevent corporate spending on elections, a move that would open the door to millions of dollars that could not be spent previously.

“This is the biggest case in campaign finance law, really, since Buckley v. Valeo in 1976,” said Rob Kelner, a partner at Covington & Burling and a leading Republican election lawyer. “It has the potential to make the 2010 election the first one in the living memory of most American adults in which huge volumes of corporate money are thrown into the process.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2010; campaignfinance; cfr; citizensunited; democrats; docket; elections; fec; feingold; kelner; lawsuit; mccain; mccainfeingold; mccaintruthfile; scotus

1 posted on 09/07/2009 3:47:11 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

Awwwk! This is another reason products in the US are so high along with lobbyists.

We need to block lobbyists from Washington DC, and we need to limit campaign donations to individuals only.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 3:51:01 PM PDT by RowdyFFC (Nancy Pelosi...please deny her any health care....)
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To: rabscuttle385

BTTT


3 posted on 09/07/2009 3:52:30 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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4 posted on 09/07/2009 3:52:45 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (So many Communists, so little time.)
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To: rabscuttle385

bad link


5 posted on 09/07/2009 3:53:46 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: NonValueAdded

The link was working when I posted.

Looks like The Hill took the story down...no clue why.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 3:54:47 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (So many Communists, so little time.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Try this link:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/57553-high-court-ruling-may-have-huge-impact-on-2010-elections


7 posted on 09/07/2009 3:59:40 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (So many Communists, so little time.)
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To: RowdyFFC

John McCain, is that you?


8 posted on 09/07/2009 4:01:43 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Perhaps the least important case the Supreme Court will hear in a decade. Corporate money has been in politics for a long time and it’s not going anywhere.


9 posted on 09/07/2009 4:06:09 PM PDT by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Sh*t and Shinola!


10 posted on 09/07/2009 4:13:26 PM PDT by charmedone
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To: rabscuttle385
Looks like The Hill took the story down...no clue why.

A minion must have taken exception to the headline's dire prediction - LOL. Holiday weekend, 3rd string stuck working posts the story, Rahm gets the main guy on the phone and after a quick reaming, the article mysteriously transforms.

11 posted on 09/07/2009 4:23:30 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: rabscuttle385

Fear not, little RATs, a wise Latina will be guiding the dissent. :)


12 posted on 09/07/2009 4:27:45 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: rabscuttle385
It has the potential to make the 2010 election the first one in the living memory of most American adults in which huge volumes of corporate money are thrown into the process.”

As opposed to the $200 million in Soros money and $60 million in union money in the 2008 election, all of it spent on Obama and the Democrats. Oh, but that doesn't count.

13 posted on 09/07/2009 4:46:56 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: RowdyFFC

We need to block lobbyists from Washington DC, and we need to limit campaign donations to individuals only.

Campaign donations should at least be made by humans. Corporations don’t qualify.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 4:53:26 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . (or) to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Corporations have every right to petition the very Government that can regulate or even shut them down.


15 posted on 09/07/2009 5:48:23 PM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration & Constitution form a coherent whole.)
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To: Jacquerie

No, corporations aren’t people. They are however owned by people that get special consideration protections not allowed to real business owners. If they want special favorws they should expect to give something up.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 6:46:24 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: RowdyFFC
We need to block lobbyists from Washington DC, and we need to limit campaign donations to individuals only.

Pardon me, but why do you think that?

Corporations -- large and small -- have a huge stake in what government does. An inconsequential regulation can literally ruin a company (and the individuals who own it). Don't they have a right to self-defense?

Or, to the contrary, an otherwise inconsequential regulation can make other corporations (and the individuals who own them) wildly successful. Have they no right to pursue this success, when it is in the government's hands to offer?

If you want to get corporate lobbyists and money out of politics, there is only one way to do so: Take the power of corporate life or death out of Congress' hands. In the meantime, try to understand that Congress has the power to extort and corporations are compelled to defend themselves.

17 posted on 09/07/2009 7:18:18 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: rabscuttle385
I thought the Supremes were in recess until the first Monday in October.
18 posted on 09/07/2009 7:42:40 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: okie01

Of course they do. They have the same rights as I do to protest government control. But they shouldn’t spend billions of dollars for lobbyists to pay off elected officials to make government favor them above individuals.

The cost of their billions of dollars of lobbying expense eventually winds up on my back. And they can literally buy an elected official with campaign contributions.

They can organize just like citizens can and implment righteous, transparent protest, rather than behind closed door deals with politicians.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 7:45:39 PM PDT by RowdyFFC (Nancy Pelosi...please deny her any health care....)
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To: rabscuttle385; All

I’m not sure where i stand on this. Last time I checked, I disliked much of the CFR bill; but I don’t think of corporations as individuals.

I do think businesses and corporations should have limited representation in our government, but it should be in a general nature ie what’s best for the overall industry, not one over the other.

Interesting case, though.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 10:38:25 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: freedomfiter2

Your feelings are all well and good, but do not trump the plain language of the Constitution.


21 posted on 09/08/2009 3:36:02 AM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration & Constitution form a coherent whole.)
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To: Jacquerie

Your feelings are all well and good, but do not trump the plain language of the Constitution.

Off the top of my head, I don’t recall the word corporation being used in the Constitution. Allowing corporations to pump cash into the elections just dilutes the freedom of speach of actual individuals and hides the identity of contributors. Do we really want Soros and his like hiding behind a myriad of pseudo corporations while pumping hundreds of millions into the next Presidential race?


22 posted on 09/08/2009 4:27:02 AM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2

What part of:

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . (or) to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,”

is not clear?


23 posted on 09/08/2009 5:44:25 AM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration & Constitution form a coherent whole.)
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To: Jacquerie

Every citizen has the right to freedom of speach as an individual. No corporation is a citizen. Giving campaign donations is not speach. Running ads is speach and even corporations should be allowed. Constitutionally protected rights belong to the people and the states, not to organizations.


24 posted on 09/08/2009 3:01:42 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2
So you don't think the Constitution means what it says. Okay. Depending on the day, four or five supreme court justices agree with you.
25 posted on 09/08/2009 3:06:48 PM PDT by Jacquerie (It is only in the context of Natural Law that our Declaration & Constitution form a coherent whole.)
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To: RowdyFFC
But they shouldn’t spend billions of dollars for lobbyists to pay off elected officials to make government favor them above individuals.

The reason they spend billions of dollars for lobbyists is because they have billions of dollars at stake.

You're not going to get the money out of politics until you take power away from government. There is a reason why Congress writes tax policy and jillions of regulations -- it keeps the money coming their way.

Reform Congress...and you'll go a long way toward reforming the process.

In the meantime, let the corporations try to defend themselves against rampant extortion.

26 posted on 09/08/2009 3:38:18 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Jacquerie

I agree that it would be unconstitutional for Congress to make a law that abridged the freedom of speech. I just don’t believe that giving money to a campaign is speech.


27 posted on 09/08/2009 8:00:07 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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