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On Democracy, Did Our Highest Court Ignore Its Strongest Argument?


Free speech… if you can afford the megaphone! (Image: Mike Keefe InToon.com)

Originally published on Common Dreams, March 1, 2019

Americans may disagree about many things, but most of us come together in loathing the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United. We know it helped degrade our democracy as it opened the floodgates to independent, corporate campaign spending and enabled additional rulings that have led to Super PACs, along with ever-more “dark money.”

Three-fourths of us want Citizens United overturned. I’m certainly one, and I’d long assumed I knew everything I needed to know about this unfortunate ruling. But I was in for a big surprise.