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2010.Citizens United - Newsweek February 1 2010 U.S Edition The End of Restraint Alito Roberts and judicial modesty BYLINE By Stuart Taylor Jr

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Newsweek February 1, 2010 U.S. Edition The End of Restraint; Alito, Roberts, and judicial modesty. BYLINE: By Stuart Taylor Jr. SECTION: THE TAKE; Pg. 16 Vol. 155 No. 05 ISSN: 0028-9604 LENGTH: 765 words The Supreme Court's five conservatives are properly protective of American citizens' First Amendment rights to spend as much of their money as they wish on political speech, both individually and by funding nonprofit advocacy groups. But this was no justification for the court's blockbuster, precedent-smashing Jan. 21 decision unleashing corporate executives to pour unlimited amounts of stockholders' money--without their consent--into ads supporting or attacking federal candidates. Indeed the 5-4 decision would allow any big company to spend a fortune attacking candidates whom many, or even most, of its stockholders would rather support. And corporations--including multinationals controlled by foreigners--will spend money on elections not to advance the political views of their stockholders, but to seek economic advantage. So the court's decision strikes me as a perverse interpretation of the First Amendment, one that will at best increase the already unhealthy political power of big businesses (and big unions, too),
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2010.Citizens United - Newsweek February 1 2010 U.S Edition The End of Restraint Alito Roberts and judicial modesty BYLINE By Stuart Taylor Jr

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