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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

US Politicians Can Ignore American Billionaires No Longer!

Posted by on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM


In a sharply divided ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court further eroded campaign finance laws by striking down limits on the total amount that an individual may donate across political candidates and committees in an election cycle. The decision—written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito—held that "aggregate limits are invalid under the First Amendment." Justice Clarence Thomas concurred with the other conservative justices but penned a separate opinion arguing that campaign finance restrictions should be wiped out further. The conservative justices argued that eliminating aggregate cont limits doesn't give rise to "quid pro quo corruption" which the court recognized as a legitimate rationale for campaign finance restrictions in the landmark Buckley v. Valeo case in 1976.

Says Goldy:

Now, really, really rich people like the Koch brothers can dump even more money into politics, assuring that their voice can finally be heard. The conservative majority on this court won’t do squat to stop the GOP’s campaign of voter disenfranchisement, but they are absolutely outraged at the notion that wealthy people shouldn’t be allowed to spend as much money as they want influencing the few proles who are actually allowed to vote. Hooray for democracy!


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Now I get it; you guys canned Goldy so you could run his content with out PAYING HIM.
Sly little bastards, you are.
Posted by Pol Pot on April 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
Meanwhile, there are still hungry, homeless, and poverty-stricken people living everywhere.

But as long as the wealthy get another 1% off their taxes, then it's worth dumping boatloads of cash into commercials.

Fuck humanity.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
fletc3her 4
For just a few million you can send a maximum donation to every candidate in the country. This will further the trend of political donations coming from outside the represented district.
Posted by fletc3her on April 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Somewhere our founding fathers are weeping.

This is the most corrupt supreme court since Dred Scott.
Posted by CPN on April 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Can I sell my vote? Can I put my votes up for public auction? Or do people still get in trouble for doing that?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Thanks again, Ralph!
Posted by Toe Tag on April 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Since this is too horrible to accept as representative of our democracy, I'm going to look at this as the dying gasp of a crumbling GOP going to outrageous lengths to fend off their inevitable demise.
The demographics will eventually trump the money and they will be done.
Posted by SPG on April 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM · Report this
And now we pause to weep for the republic.
Posted by DRF on April 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 10
George Soros is having a good day!
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on April 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Why did Goldy leave again?
Posted by albatross2 on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 12
Heckā€¦ Tom Steyer, George Soros, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Charles Kushner, David Geffen, B. Wayne Hughes Sr., Bernard L. Schwartz, David E. Shaw, Dwight Opperman, Edgar M. Bronfman, Haim Saban, Irwin M. Jacobs, John A. Moran, John Davis, John Doerr, John L. Tishman, John P. Manning, Jonathan M. Tisch, Leonard A. Lauder, Marc B. Nathanson, Neil G. Bluhm, Robert FX Sillerman, Robert L. Johnson, Robert R. Dyson, Roland E. Arnall, Ron Burkle, S. Daniel Abraham, Stephen L. Bing, Thomas H. Lee, Vance K. Opperman, Vinod Gupta and William Hambrecht are all having a very good day.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on April 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
I like how this guy Goldy thinks. The Stranger should think about hiring him.
Posted by Beth on April 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM · Report this
When I first saw this news bit, I was hoping it was an April Fool's Day joke, as it's outrageous enough an idea to qualify as one.

Then I noticed the time-stamp.

There was an odd point in the decision that compared voting with pornography that struck me as odd. Basically just because you're offended by porn doesn't mean it isn't free speech, so campaign financing should be okay, too, because it's also speech.
I'm not sure if this implies the Court sees unlimited campaign contributions as obscene and corrupting the country, or if they think porn is okay.
Posted by xizar on April 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
I look forward to the inevitable spree of arson and cannibalism this decision will lead to.
Posted by Chase on April 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM · Report this
merry 16
This is an awful, awful decision by 5 people in black robes. This decision will take YEARS to get rid of, and in the meantime, expect every fucking federal election to be bought'n'paid-for long before us peons ever get to the polling booth.

This is NOT government of the people, by the people, for the people. This is government of the money, by the money, for the money.

Absolutely disgusting and extremely horrifying.

My job of 17 years is over at the end of this month, due to outsourcing. Might just be a good time to leave the country - I hear Costa Rica is nice!

Posted by merry on April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
I miss Goldy.
Posted by Jin Seattle on April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 18
Better to have no limits than arbitrary limits subject to endless litigations, investigations, that use taxpayer dollars to clog our courts and pay lawyers.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 19
If this encourages Skeksis-American Sheldon Adelson to pour even more of his money into the campaign coffers of perennial losers like Mitt Romney, I'm kind of okay with it.
Posted by keshmeshi on April 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Fortunate 20
Any pretense at democracy is over. I am just going to wait for the revolution.
Posted by Fortunate on April 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
theophrastus 21
linking to Goldy after forcing him out is indeed more than a bit bizarre, and seems huffpo/ruthless. why not get rid of everyone, give them severance gift-cards for opening their own webpages, wait ten minutes and link to them?
Posted by theophrastus on April 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
cressona 22
The other day I was thinking, "Hmm, I haven't seen Goldy's byline in Slog for a while." And then the thought passed and that was that.

Now this post and the Goldy comments--and the absence of any farewell Slog post from Goldy--led me to dig through the archives where I found this:…
Posted by cressona on April 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
@ 20 Not a good decision at all but lets not overreact. Solution is to keep electing Democratic Presidents to change the court. They said citizens united would defeat obama, oops.

In the meantime we got rich Democrats, use them.
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on April 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
very bad homo 24
Money always wins.
Posted by very bad homo on April 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Fortunate 25
@23, we have a few rich Hollywood types. They have the oil companies, Walmart, the Koch brothers, Wall Street, and pretty much every other major corporation that puts the bottom line first (wich is pretty much all of them). Money wins elections, and lets face it, they have more.
Posted by Fortunate on April 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 26
Re: @18, provided that all contributions over $5,000 are available for the world to see.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM · Report this
delirian 27
It is time for a Constitutional amendments convention (since Congress won't pass an Amendment on their own). 80% of Americans support campaign limits.
Posted by delirian on April 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM · Report this

You and I are calling dibs on the guillotines. Mine will be decorated in green glitter and $ signs so the One Percenters will be calmed as they kneel under my blade. I am a compassionate progressive like that.
Posted by kwodell on April 2, 2014 at 2:55 PM · Report this
schmacky 29
@21: You do know it helps Goldy garner more page views and SEO cred when the Slog links to him, right? Dan could have linked to anybody; he linked to Goldy as a favor, not the other way around.
Posted by schmacky on April 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM · Report this
venomlash 30
@27: 90% of Americans support universal background checks, but that didn't even come to a vote...
Posted by venomlash on April 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM · Report this
treacle 31
@23 - Wow, you still believe that? My goodness. The rich fundamentally own both parties. Also, the US has only two major political parties, itself a very bad sign.

With all due respect, your 'solution' is a non-starter. With the vote coming in year after year nearly evenly split, only a few shenanigans --like Geo.Bush's two 'soft coup' "elections"-- will swing the vote. And then where will we be?

It's over man. Game over. At least that game. I say we play a different game. If money is where the power is at, we create different money: complementary currencies. Money that employs different rules that make it undesireable for stockpiling off-shore.
Posted by treacle on April 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM · Report this
yucca flower 32
I breathlessly await the day lobbyists can straight out buy the public's votes. Right now the presidency can be had for a mere $16-20 per vote.…
Posted by yucca flower on April 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM · Report this

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