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McCain-Feingold Partially Reversed
ScotusBlog ^ | 01/21/10 | Erin Miller

Posted on 01/21/2010 7:14:00 AM PST by TonyInOhio

From the Live Blog:

Erin Miller: Justice Kennedy writes for the Court.

10:01 Erin Miller: Reversed in part, affirmed in part, and remanded

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: johnmccain; mccain; mccainfeingold; mccainhastogo; scotus; supremecourt
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Looks like significant portions were reversed. Opinions being read now.
1 posted on 01/21/2010 7:14:00 AM PST by TonyInOhio
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To: TonyInOhio

Excellent!


2 posted on 01/21/2010 7:14:49 AM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: TonyInOhio
Opinion here.

The Supreme Court server is being hammered.

3 posted on 01/21/2010 7:15:21 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: TonyInOhio

I must have been terribly out of touch - I didn’t even know they were revisiting it. What case is it?


4 posted on 01/21/2010 7:16:06 AM PST by nina0113
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To: TonyInOhio
More:

10:05 Tom Goldstein: Much will depend on the wording, but today's decision is a small revolution in campaign finance law.

5 posted on 01/21/2010 7:16:25 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: TonyInOhio

As rahmbo deadfish said recently when asked about what he thought about free speech, he said “It’s overrated.”...........


6 posted on 01/21/2010 7:17:43 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: nina0113
I must have been terribly out of touch - I didn’t even know they were revisiting it. What case is it?

It's the Citizens United case.

7 posted on 01/21/2010 7:17:49 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: TonyInOhio
You beat my post by about a minute...it looks like McCain-Feingold was completely thrown out. The "reversed in part" language refers to the lower court decision in Citizens United.
8 posted on 01/21/2010 7:18:27 AM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Is this for real? McCain/Feingold thrown out?


9 posted on 01/21/2010 7:20:05 AM PST by RockinRight (The sleeping giant has been awoken, and he's PISSED.)
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To: xjcsa

Thanks for the update.


10 posted on 01/21/2010 7:20:17 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: xjcsa

Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer dissent.


11 posted on 01/21/2010 7:21:28 AM PST by jessduntno (I will not use the term "Masshole" for the foreseeable future. Way to go Massachusetts.)
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To: RockinRight
Is this for real? McCain/Feingold thrown out?

Looks like it - the're analyzing the opinion now (and it's enormous - 170+ pages), but it looks like McCain-Feingold is dead, and long-standing restrictions on corporate donations have been struck down as well.

12 posted on 01/21/2010 7:22:41 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: TonyInOhio

From what I’ve read so far, it looks like the court has removed restrictions on corporate political free speech.............


13 posted on 01/21/2010 7:22:57 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: TonyInOhio

Of course they are reversing it now the left has control over most major corporations now for the first time its in their advantage any company that crosses the line will be crushed.

When they pass this financial overhaul they will have the right to take control of any company that poses a risk to the economy. Who do you think the banks will be supporting.


14 posted on 01/21/2010 7:23:19 AM PST by Three if by government
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To: jessduntno

i'm shocked!!! Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer dissent.

15 posted on 01/21/2010 7:23:53 AM PST by Red Badger (Obama - The first ever elected lame duck..............)
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To: TonyInOhio

Dont fall for the trap now it is advantages for the left they have their hands in all coprorate operations. Financial bill passes they will have the right to step in and stop any company that poses risk to economy(progressives).


16 posted on 01/21/2010 7:25:12 AM PST by Three if by government
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To: TonyInOhio

I like the decision.

Too bad on the timing. The Dems and the MSM are down and out but they now have something to hang their hats on — they can now make hay of this by saying that the decision, made by repub appointments, is another gift to the rich corporations.


17 posted on 01/21/2010 7:25:32 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: jessduntno

Since Sotomayer was appointed by an illegitimate office holder, she is an illegitimate Supreme Court Justice.


18 posted on 01/21/2010 7:26:34 AM PST by bvw
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To: Three if by government

Baloney. Really poor analysis.


19 posted on 01/21/2010 7:27:00 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: TonyInOhio

..has Governor Palin commented on this yet?


20 posted on 01/21/2010 7:28:05 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: TonyInOhio
Not a good week for Liberals or RINOs!


21 posted on 01/21/2010 7:28:15 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Three if by government
Dont fall for the trap now it is advantages for the left they have their hands in all coprorate operations

Striking down restrictions on free speech is a victory for the First Amendment, no matter who is running what.

22 posted on 01/21/2010 7:28:32 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: jessduntno
Stevens, Ginsburg,
    Sotomayor,
and Breyer dissent.

That's a real shocker, eh?

23 posted on 01/21/2010 7:32:15 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM where are you?)
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To: TonyInOhio
What about the restrictions placed on groups like the NRA that prevents them from giving assessments on candidates for 60 days prior to an election? That was part of McCain-Feingold, too, IIRC.
24 posted on 01/21/2010 7:32:19 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: TexasCajun

thinks ...oooOOO(Jawbone implants?)

Nah, probably not.


25 posted on 01/21/2010 7:34:58 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: TonyInOhio

George Soros’ is yawning.

He has defied McCain-Feingold with his filthy lucre for years. Now he can double dip and destroy with impunity.


26 posted on 01/21/2010 7:35:06 AM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth)
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To: TonyInOhio

I am sorry you need to ask yourself why are they doing this?

We live in different times if you said that one year ago before the election of this administration I would have agreed.

This bill was set up so the likes of Soros and one worlders could control our elections now through their arm twisting and side dealing they will unleash the global corporations against the people just as they have in the healthcare debate (big pharma).


27 posted on 01/21/2010 7:35:12 AM PST by Three if by government
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To: TonyInOhio

If this ruling had preceeded 2008, Obama would not be President.


28 posted on 01/21/2010 7:35:31 AM PST by montag813
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To: ExSoldier

CNBC says it includes non-profits, which would include the NRA.


29 posted on 01/21/2010 7:35:39 AM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: TonyInOhio

YES !


30 posted on 01/21/2010 7:35:48 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

“Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer dissent. That’s a real shocker, eh?”

You could have knocked me over with a tort...


31 posted on 01/21/2010 7:37:16 AM PST by jessduntno (I will not use the term "Masshole" for the foreseeable future. Way to go Massachusetts.)
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To: xjcsa; TonyInOhio

Oops, looks like the disclosure requirements of McCain-Feingold were upheld, but that’s about it.


32 posted on 01/21/2010 7:38:03 AM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: fooman
Thanks. I can't wait to see the LIBTARDS heads explode over this one. Whathisface OLBERMAN and MATTHEWS are going to be particularly amusing, I'm sure.
33 posted on 01/21/2010 7:39:46 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: LS

Really poor analysis? LOL
I dont mind someone disagreeing but to criticize someone and not explain why they reversed this thing in light of the radical nature of this administration makes you wonder if people like you are any better than the lefties like Gore who say the debate is over with no debate.


34 posted on 01/21/2010 7:40:54 AM PST by Three if by government
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To: ExSoldier
What about the restrictions placed on groups like the NRA that prevents them from giving assessments on candidates for 60 days prior to an election? That was part of McCain-Feingold, too, IIRC.

This decision eliminates those restrictions.

35 posted on 01/21/2010 7:42:59 AM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Stinking Democrat Juan McCain. This stupid bill helped elect Obama.


36 posted on 01/21/2010 7:43:17 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Three if by government
This bill was set up so the likes of Soros and one worlders could control our elections now through their arm twisting and side dealing they will unleash the global corporations against the people just as they have in the healthcare debate (big pharma).

So the law should be appropriate if it benefits your ideology? Makes sense to me. Bad law is bad law and to be consistent in our logic, if the political class has worked around it does not make removing the law incorrect. Don't be a liberal here and a flip flopping relativist.

37 posted on 01/21/2010 7:43:46 AM PST by pburgh01
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To: TonyInOhio

We win Massachusetts... and then free speech rights are restored to our campaign system?

Hell is TRULY freezing over in America...!


38 posted on 01/21/2010 7:45:25 AM PST by Pravious
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To: TonyInOhio

Money talks and politicians listen. Will voters or corporations be helped the most?


39 posted on 01/21/2010 7:46:00 AM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: TonyInOhio

I was wrong; the Supreme Court CAN find their ass with both hands and a flashlight.


40 posted on 01/21/2010 7:46:12 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Three if by government
I am sorry you need to ask yourself why are they doing this?

They are "doing this" because that's how it works in our system - Congress passes laws, the Supreme Court adjudicates their Constitutionality. The law was unconstitutional, someone with standing sued, and the Court threw it (mostly) out.

This bill was set up so the likes of Soros and one worlders could control our elections now through their arm twisting and side dealing they will unleash the global corporations against the people just as they have in the healthcare debate (big pharma).

Look how well that worked for them in Massachusetts.

I believe in the American people; they realized that they screwed up in 2008, and are applying the remedy now. Throwing out a garbage law that restricts free speech will only help.

41 posted on 01/21/2010 7:48:00 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( The GOP can only win in the South. And New Jersey. And Massachusetts.)
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To: nina0113
There were at least 2 other decisions a couple of years ago that negated parts of Mc-F.

IIRC, one was a lower court and the other was the SC.

Regardless, McCain-Feingold has taken a beating. [Imagine if this guy was President. He has legislation that assaults both the First and Second Amendments.]

==

These are some old links I had saved. Note that some of the links may no longer work:


42 posted on 01/21/2010 7:48:16 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: jessduntno

The four fools dissent.

Thank you Justice Kennedy for standing up for America against the four socialists who would enslave us.


43 posted on 01/21/2010 7:48:25 AM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Three if by government
Dont fall for the trap now it is advantages for the left they have their hands in all coprorate operations.

Then why did the Marxist all vote Nay?

44 posted on 01/21/2010 7:48:58 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: TonyInOhio

Investors have already been herded directly to foreign interests without the biggest US importers in the middle, so the old campaign finance laws weren’t working to stem the influences of special lobbies. There will probably be a new one in the near future to restrict some of the richest contributors of the social and economic left.


45 posted on 01/21/2010 7:49:48 AM PST by familyop
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To: TonyInOhio

It’s about time.

BTTT


46 posted on 01/21/2010 7:52:49 AM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: jessduntno

Sotomayor the wise Latina. Hopefully Stevens will stick around until 2012+. Ditto Ginsburg.

Juan McCain - helped the Democrats SO much with this BS bill.


47 posted on 01/21/2010 7:54:03 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Three if by government

Not sure of the details but new governor Christie in NJ has signed a directive that unions may not use dues for political purposes.


48 posted on 01/21/2010 7:54:28 AM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Pravious

Judges pretend an aloof neutrality, but they test the winds as much as any elected politician.


49 posted on 01/21/2010 7:55:23 AM PST by Psalm 144
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To: jessduntno
Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer dissent.

Thanks. I don't have to read any further to figure out if I like the ruling. If these four putzheads are against it, I'm all for it.

50 posted on 01/21/2010 8:03:04 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Kenya tell me where Obama was born?)
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