Yesterday, the Supreme Court has given big business more power to spend freely in federal elections, a major turnaround that will allow corporations to bankroll American politics.
The 5-to-4 decision was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech. The 5 Justices who voted in favor of this ruling were: Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia.
Those opposing the decision said that allowing corporate money to flood the political marketplace would corrupt democracy.
Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision to reshape the way elections were conducted.