Super PACs – Just Plain Wrong

Most of what you hear about Citizens United v. FEC is negative. By opening the door for corporations to spend unlimited sums in elections and to allow for the creation of super PACs, the Supreme Court has made a campaign finance system that was already flooded with money much worse. But Citizens United obviously has its defenders, and they have advanced a number of arguments to try to blunt criticism of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision: The public actually learns from the flood of negative advertising coming from these super PACs; super PACS increase competition; The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision didn’t create super PACs, so stop blaming the court for the flood of dollars and the negative campaign ads they buy.


1 comment
  1. Jack said:

    The Slate article, predictably, cast Citizens United (CU) as the villain of liberty and fair elections. In fact, the case was actually about trying to stifle CU, a nonprofit group, from distributing a film that criticized a candidate, Hillary Clinton, during her presidential bid in 2008. In other words, a case about stifling free speech. Incidentally, the modern, leftist view of special interests — “factions,” to use Madison’s term — in nowise comports with that of the Founders, who saw attempts to squelch the same as fatal to freedom: “Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.” (Madison, Federalist No. 10). The best cure for corruption, however, is sunlight, not darkness.

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