HST Paper 2 - The Supreme Courts ruling on the Citizens...

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The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case will have a vast impact on the way our political system works. This impact was addressed in a speech on February 3, 2010 given by Mary G. Wilson, p resident of the League of Women Voters of the United States, in which she condemns the ruling: “The U.S. Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decision in Citizens United will bring about an anti-democratic revolution in how we finance elections in this country. The decision undermines the basic pillars of American democracy — that elections should not be corrupted by vast corporate wealth and that the voters should be at the center of our democratic system. In creating a new constitutional right for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of their shareholder's money to determine the outcome in candidate elections, the Court has unleashed into our elections tremendous sums of money from for-profit corporations that cannot possibly be matched in quantity by contributions from ordinary citizens. The only possible outcome of this is that big money and special interests will have an even tighter grip on our democracy…Every member of Congress who receives a visit from a corporate lobbyist will know that the corporation can make unlimited expenditures in his or her election. This is a recipe for corruption. Even if the threat is not made or the spending is not carried out, lawmakers will change their behavior because of the
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course IDS 159 taught by Professor Fischer during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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HST Paper 2 - The Supreme Courts ruling on the Citizens...

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