Monday, June 25, 2012
Citizen's United Ruling Upheld By The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court today reaffirmed its earlier Citizen's United ruling in a 5-4 vote reversing a Montana court ruling.
In American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, the Montana State Supreme Court had ruled that corporations were prohibited from contributing to political campaigns, a direct challenge to the Citizen's United ruling.
The U.S. Supreme Court quite properly overturned the Montana Court's decision, ruling that Citizen's United applies to the individual states as well as the nation.
It's interesting to see the left moan about this.
Earlier, I wrote about the partial overturning of SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law on the grounds that parts of it ursurped federal powers. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Ginsberg were happy to jump on that particular trolley and join the majority.
Here, we have a similar case of of a state attempting to flout U.S. law and ursurp federal jurisdiction and wouldn't you know it, they all vote to allow it!
Fortunately, they were overruled by the majority.
Aside from the Citizen's United decision being a clear stand for First Amendment Rights, striking it down would also violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Labor unions and advocacy groups like NARAL,Planned Parenthood and Code Pink are allowed to make campaign contributions based on freedom of speech. So should corporations.
Citizen's United essentially levels the playing field, which is exactly why the left hates it so much.