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Supreme Court Reverses Limits on Campaign Spending (cripples McCain-Feingold-Thompson)
WSJ ^ | 1/21/10 | staff

Posted on 01/21/2010 11:57:23 AM PST by pissant

WASHINGTON—A divided Supreme Court struck down limits on corporate political spending, overturning two precedents in a ruling likely to affect campaigning in the 2010 elections.

President Barack Obama called the decision a victory for big oil, Wall street and other interests, and said he would work with lawmakers to craft a "forceful response."

The ruling underscored the impact of former President George W. Bush's two appointments to the court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the five-justice majority in ruling that a central provision of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance act violated the First Amendment by restricting corporations from funding political messages in the run-up to elections.

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KEYWORDS: cfr; fredthompson; mccainfeingold; ruling; scotus
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Finally!! Was Fred there again arguing for it in front of the SCOTUS?
1 posted on 01/21/2010 11:57:24 AM PST by pissant
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To: AuntB; Just A Nobody; Calpernia

Good News PING


2 posted on 01/21/2010 11:59:10 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

He, He it’s get even time. Obama better duck, the Banks are coming!!!


3 posted on 01/21/2010 11:59:23 AM PST by Comanche
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To: pissant

>> Obama...said he would work with lawmakers to craft a “forceful response.”

Cool! Another opportunity to demonstrate his awesome Epic FAIL leadership skillz.


4 posted on 01/21/2010 11:59:41 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: pissant

excellent now speak up corp america.. get off your asses and get in the game like the unions have been.


5 posted on 01/21/2010 11:59:53 AM PST by gibtx2 (keep up the good work I am out of work but post 20 a month to this out of WF Check)
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To: pissant

How did the worlds smartest Latino woman vote?


6 posted on 01/21/2010 12:01:24 PM PST by JoSixChip (A battle may have been won in Massachusetts, but the fight is far from over.)
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To: pissant; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; genetic homophobe; ...

So ironic that Bush signed this McCain piece of crap and then appoints the right justices to defeat it.’

Any comment from Sarah on this one LOL


7 posted on 01/21/2010 12:02:58 PM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: Nervous Tick

John McCain will be leading the Reps to help Obama with this forceful response.


8 posted on 01/21/2010 12:03:27 PM PST by kabar
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To: JoSixChip

She dissented with the other libs — as expected.


9 posted on 01/21/2010 12:03:54 PM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: JoSixChip

The wide Latina? FAIL.


10 posted on 01/21/2010 12:03:55 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: pissant

Man, I don’t know how much more good news I can take this week!


11 posted on 01/21/2010 12:05:07 PM PST by Timeout (Brits have the royals. Russia, the Nomenklatura. WE have our Privileged "Public Servant" class.)
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To: willgolfforfood
So somebody made an argument and Kennedy flipped?
12 posted on 01/21/2010 12:05:19 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: kabar

>> John McCain will be leading the Reps to help Obama with this forceful response.

...and just when he’s in the middle of head-faking to the right for his upcoming election, THIS had to happen!

Sux to be you, Johnnie...


13 posted on 01/21/2010 12:05:33 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: willgolfforfood

And if you ever say “Latino woman” in the wrong bar, you better be packing serious heat, if you want to get out with your life.


14 posted on 01/21/2010 12:06:08 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: JoSixChip

The five conservative judges — Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, ruled for Citizens United.

The four liberal judges — Stevens, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor, made up the minority.

Majority opinion written by Kennedy.


15 posted on 01/21/2010 12:06:35 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Timeout

>> I don’t know how much more good news I can take this week!

After what seems like months being the bugs, it’s nice that we conservatives get to be the windshield — for a few days at least...


16 posted on 01/21/2010 12:06:55 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: pissant
"This is poisonous to our democracy," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.). Mr. Schumer said the Senate Rules Committee, of which he is chairman, will hold hearings in the next several weeks aimed at crafting legislation to respond to the ruling. He said he hoped to have a law in place in time for congressional elections this November.

Translation: "How dare you unrig the rules we rigged in our favor? Well, we're just gonna re-rig 'em!"

17 posted on 01/21/2010 12:09:21 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: pissant

WOW, you mean, like, the Supreme Court actually used the Constitution of the United States correctly?

WOW, wonders never cease.

Next thing, they’ll be admitting that Orly Taitz has a right to find out why 0bama is using the Social Security Number that once belonged to a Connecticut resident.

I’m holding my breath.


18 posted on 01/21/2010 12:13:39 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (The left have become lawless. Every strangling edict they issue carries an exemption for themselves.)
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To: pissant
The ruling underscored the impact of former President George W. Bush's two appointments to the court.

Still doesn't excuse the fact that GWB violated his oath to uphold the constitution by signing this POS into law. Leaving it to the SC to do his dirty work was a crap shoot; i.e., what if one of the conservatives on the court had died or resigned in the last year? The vote would have been 5-4 to uphold, and we'd have had this garbage for all time. As it is, a lib SC could revisit this and reverse today's ruling at any time in the future.

19 posted on 01/21/2010 12:14:05 PM PST by Emile (When it comes to opposing socialism, compromise means defeat.)
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To: pissant

If the pols really want to reduce the amount of corruption and money spent on elections they should reduce their power and give it back to the people.

The more concentrated the power the more the corruption.


20 posted on 01/21/2010 12:14:45 PM PST by aquila48
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To: Emile
Still doesn't excuse the fact that GWB violated his oath to uphold the constitution by signing this POS into law.

You do realize that there were enough votes in Congress to overturn his veto on this legislation?

21 posted on 01/21/2010 12:15:38 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: pissant

“Mr. Obama, in a statement Thursday, said: “The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington, while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates.”

Of course more GOVERNMENT POWER is good!


22 posted on 01/21/2010 12:16:30 PM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: pissant

We of the NRA thank you!


23 posted on 01/21/2010 12:16:44 PM PST by Taxbilly
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To: pissant
President Barack Obama called the decision a victory for big oil, Wall street and other interests, and said he would work with lawmakers to craft a "forceful response."

Good. Big Oil put me through college. Wall Street has helped me during my unemployment time with my investments. Let Stuttering Barry the Mulatto Queen go off on business.

The ruling underscored the impact of former President George W. Bush's two appointments to the court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the five-justice majority in ruling that a central provision of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance act violated the First Amendment by restricting corporations from funding political messages in the run-up to elections.

For all the things G.H.W. Bush and Dubya did wrong during their tenures, these may be the the second best acts these guys did (after watching over the liberation of Eastern Europe without a huge bloodbath, and the liberation of Iraq and AFghanistan and the routing of al-Queda).

24 posted on 01/21/2010 12:19:45 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: pissant; Admin Moderator
The correct title for this article is Supreme Court Reverses Limits on Campaign Spending.

FR protocol requires using the correct title to avoid duplication.

25 posted on 01/21/2010 12:20:55 PM PST by jellybean ( Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Emile
Your two statements contradict one another. If this one had gone to the liberals, we'd be stuck with it for all time, but since it went to the conservatives it can be reversed at any time.

Nevertheless I agree with your basic point, that Bush had no excuse signing something he admitted was unconstitutional. Hell, he had no business signing half the stuff he did. And this one, despite the fact that wonder of wonders, SCOTUS did the right thing for once, still did a lot of damage while it was in force.

Oh, and I publicly and freely admit I was wrong: The Supreme Court CAN find their ass with both hands and a flashlight.

26 posted on 01/21/2010 12:21:09 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: pissant

It’s about time.


27 posted on 01/21/2010 12:21:20 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: jellybean

Do you know if your guy Fred was called upon to argue in favor of it again?


28 posted on 01/21/2010 12:22:50 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Exactly what will the ProgRats in congress propose that won’t be equally restrictive of 1st Amendment rights?

Chuckie Schumer is a commie, so we know where he stands.


29 posted on 01/21/2010 12:23:33 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: pissant

Yep, one failed, unconstitutional law deserves another, I guess.


30 posted on 01/21/2010 12:25:14 PM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret) "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!)
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To: sickoflibs
This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington, while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates.

Big lobbyists should have power only when they are leftists pushing "good" policies like Cap and Trade. The first amendment be damned.

31 posted on 01/21/2010 12:25:32 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: pissant

Last time I checked Fred wasn’t in the Senate nor is he practicing law. He’s doing his talk show.

Perhaps you could let go of you Fred hate for a few minutes and just celebrate that the Supreme Court made the right decision this time.


32 posted on 01/21/2010 12:26:32 PM PST by jellybean ( Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: sickoflibs

I’m sure Obama wouldn’t want his Soros backed front groups and unions to lose their advantage with their soft money, by allowing the business minds of America equal voices in matters that affect their business.


33 posted on 01/21/2010 12:27:43 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: jellybean

I don’t hate Fred. Never have. I just hate McCain-Feingold-Thompson. And yes, I’m celebrating tonight with a frosty pint (or three) of IPA.


34 posted on 01/21/2010 12:30:44 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: JoSixChip
How did the worlds smartest Latino woman vote?

That is okay to violate the free speak rights of "Certain" people (read = especially if they don't agree with her).

35 posted on 01/21/2010 12:40:00 PM PST by thingumbob (Get to work and lets clean up this mess! and (Remember, dead terrorists don't make more terrorists!))
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To: pissant

Leveling the playing field against Big Union.


36 posted on 01/21/2010 12:40:32 PM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: pissant

I’ve been waiting for this day ever since this McCain-Feingold abomination became law.

Hallay-effing-lu-ya!!!

(This has been a great week).


37 posted on 01/21/2010 12:40:36 PM PST by spinestein (The answer is 42.)
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To: jellybean; pissant

“Perhaps you could let go of you Fred hate for a few minutes and just celebrate that the Supreme Court made the right decision this time.”

You’re kidding right? Pissant HATES everybody whose name isn’t hunter. He’s just getting warmed up on Palin. Pissant’s goal in life is to insure that either his ticket wins or the dems win... Fred would have been a great president and we wouldn’t be in the sorry state we are now if he was the president. Scary part is, Hunter isn’t even going to run this time and Pissant is STILL attacking everybody else.


38 posted on 01/21/2010 12:41:55 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: colorado tanker

Good luck getting that through the Senate without a filabuster!!!!!!!


39 posted on 01/21/2010 12:42:31 PM PST by thingumbob (Get to work and lets clean up this mess! and (Remember, dead terrorists don't make more terrorists!))
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To: sickoflibs

Signing the McCain-Finegold travesty in the FIRST place was yet another proof of Bushs’ stupidity. His father puts Souter on the friggin’ court and Bush extols the virtues of unconstitutional legislation. Shrewd family, that.


40 posted on 01/21/2010 12:43:18 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Robbin

Funny. I told all you Fredheads last time I would have voted for the guy if he won the nomination. Alas, all he did was act as stalking horse for McCain.

As for Hunter, he may not run this time. Palin may not either. No one knows. But I think DeMint will. And if he does, darn tootin I’ll be vigorously comparing and contrasting him with the many milquetoasts that surely will be vying for the nomination.


41 posted on 01/21/2010 12:46:50 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: thingumbob

God bless Massachusetts and God bless Scott Brown!


42 posted on 01/21/2010 12:49:41 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
Yes, the ground was shaking from all the "Happy Dancing" going on around the country Tuesday night

.....Did you feel it too?

43 posted on 01/21/2010 12:56:53 PM PST by thingumbob (Get to work and lets clean up this mess! and (Remember, dead terrorists don't make more terrorists!))
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To: thingumbob
Oh, yeah, baby! We were celebrating in front of the TV!

The Dems have gotten into power here due to Dubya's unpopularity, carpet bombing the state with fat cat money and some internal Republican divisions. But I'm feeling a turnaround coming!

44 posted on 01/21/2010 1:04:57 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
I haven't felt this great since Reagan vs. Carter.......smell the schadenfreude!!!!
45 posted on 01/21/2010 1:08:03 PM PST by thingumbob (Get to work and lets clean up this mess! and (Remember, dead terrorists don't make more terrorists!))
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To: pissant
Do you know if your guy Fred was called upon to argue in favor of it again?

***

pissant, you're a wanker!

Fred has repudiated and apologized for his sponsorship and support for CFR. But you still want blood!

So, yes, Fred screwed up in sponsoring CFR 15 years ago, but has declared loudly and repeatedly for at least the last 3 years that he was wrong and regretted CFR.

But here's the flipside you refuse to acknowledge:
Fred Thompson had the lead role in shepherding Chief Justice Roberts through the Senate confirmation process. Without Fred, there's no decisive Supreme Court vote striking down CFR!!!

Politicians - just like ordinary everyday Americans - can and do make mistakes. Fred has owned up to his error and has actively worked hard to correct his mistake in every manner at his disposal.

But go ahead, pissant, maintain your braindead vendetta against Fred. Next, maybe you could start a rumor that Fred's not really a Christian!

46 posted on 01/21/2010 1:14:05 PM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

Yeah. Tancredo had a name for it. “Road to Des Moines” conversions.


47 posted on 01/21/2010 1:15:34 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Never should have been passed or signed by the President.

Horrible horrible Bill.


48 posted on 01/21/2010 1:16:45 PM PST by Radix (I am from Massachusetts, and I voted for Scott Brown.)
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To: pissant
Funny, I thought Tancredo was only concerned about the northerly "Road to El Paso"

Why not quote Keyes, LaRouche or some other single-issue fringe hack?

49 posted on 01/21/2010 1:22:28 PM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

Yeah, I guess that 98% ACU rating he had meant he was just a one note Johnny. He was so outmatched on all the other issues by the RINOs, wasn’t he?


50 posted on 01/21/2010 1:24:38 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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