With its ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Supreme Court has granted corporations even further unfettered access to destroy the fundamental Constitutional protections against corporate control of government. The Chamber of Commerce and ExxonMobil must be thrilled.
The title of David Korten’s excellent 2001 book about the rise of corporate control in America popped into my head as I read the depressing news about the Supreme Court’s gift to corporate America (as if they need another handout from U.S. taxpayers).
Corporations, Wall Street and other special interests can now spend as much as they want on commercials and literature to call for the victory or defeat of federal political candidates. Unlike previously acceptable “issue ads,” candidates can now be mentioned by name, as long as there’s no coordination with the candidates or campaigns.
The decision, a 5-4 vote, overturned a 20-year-old ruling barring such ads.
Fossil fuel interests, rejoice. Working American families, not so much. Efforts to create good-paying green jobs, transition to a clean energy future and ambitiously address global warming just got a lot harder.
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