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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns.
By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said companies can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to produce and run their own campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.
It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.
Critics of the stricter limits have argued that they amount to an unconstitutional restraint of free speech, and the court majority agreed.
Originally posted by WhatTheory
reply to post by whaaa
The Court made the correct decision even though you don't like it. The Supreme Court is supposed to abide by the Constitution. So where in the Constitution did it say corporations should not contribute?
Congress would have to make a law declaring it illegal in order for the courts to make a different decision. Remeber, the courts do NOT make law even though a lot of people seem to think otherwise.
Originally posted by Sestias
Both left and right should be unified against this Supreme Court travesty.
[edit on 23-1-2010 by Sestias]