Article from “The Week” High court lifts campaign curbs A bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions have the same constitutional right as individuals to fund federal campaigns. posted on January 28, 2010, at 2:00 AM Sweeping aside a century of precedent, a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled last week that corporations and unions have the same constitutional right as individuals to fund federal campaigns, as long as they do so independently of candidates’ own campaign organizations. The 5–4 ruling came in a case brought by a conservative group that wanted to use corporate funds to air a critical documentary about Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign. Analysts said the ruling was likely to diminish the clout of political parties, which remain subject to strict limits, and increase spending by issue-advocacy groups. It’s almost impossible to overstate the damage that the court’s “narrow right-wing majority” has inflicted to our electoral system, said E.J. Dionne in
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