Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The rise of American oligarchy: SCOTUS hands the rich even more control over "democracy"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Another day at the Roberts Court, another massive setback for American democracy:

The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle.

The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will very likely increase the role money plays in American politics.

The 5-to-4 decision, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority, echoed Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions.

More money, more control, less actual democracy.

As I tweeted earlier today:

The Founders, however skeptical of democracy some of them may have been, would be appalled. So much for "We the People."

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