It is hard to believe our framers fought the American Revolution, wrote the Constitution and enacted its First Amendment to protect large infusions of cash from corporate interests into elections. When political speech can only be afforded by the wealthiest sliver of the population, it seems hardly free.
Today the Supreme Court, or five of its justices, weighed rolling back six decades of rightful worrying by the top court on the undue influence of money and politics. They want to give corporations “free speech” protections, seemingly missing the “free” part of the first amendment.
More reason to consider the other option – providing public funding to elections to ensure more speech for all. Check out the excellent post by Americans for Campaign Reform on today’s hearing.