US ends political campaign spending limits

The US supreme court has issued a landmark ruling that will change the way US election campaigns are financed.

By a 5 to 4 vote, the court lifted long-standing limits on corporate spending in political campaigns, opening the door for private entities to flood the political marketplace with corporate money.

Al Jazeera’s John Terrett explains why it is likely to have an immediate effect on the upcoming Congressional elections in November.

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15 thoughts on “US ends political campaign spending limits

    foolish54

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    This is wrong, only …
    This is wrong, only George Soros, Barbara Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Oliver Stone et al, should be able to influence elections. “Damn the unwashed masses”

    newsradiohead

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    This demonstrates …
    This demonstrates that whether you are a liberal, conservative, libertarian, Democrat, Republican or Tea Party person, we have to stand united against this ruling. We can’t let labels divide us. It is a clear and present danger to everyone unless.

    eriet1

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    motorsportlegends …
    motorsportlegends meet he press and all the other networks didnt spend any time on this is because they are corporations and they love this decision.

    TheGranule

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    the 5 of the 9 …
    the 5 of the 9 Justices of the SCOUS have not upheld their Oath and should be Impeached. They have made the US an international laughing stock and endangered the independent survival of the US. They should be Impeached.

    TheGranule

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    The Oath of …
    The Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America includes these words…”I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic..”

    This foolish decision the 5 to 4 majority of the SCOUS has made the enemies of the United States a part of our electoral system.

    rullau

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    A corporation is …
    A corporation is not a person. Corporation are entities very similar to monarchies, there is no freedom to speech, there is usually one King or CEO that decides. A democracy is plural, and gives the rights to we the people, No Unions, No Corporation, or any other entity. Our Nation is being destroyed by this kind of decisions, Our representatives are selling their souls to these special interest.

    MotorsportLegends

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    Then the following …
    Then the following Sunday his parent network’s Meet The Press show spent less than two minutes on the topic. Why? Because the networks are starving for advertising revenue since viewership has fallen in deference to internet-based news sources. The more money spent on political advertising, the higher the returns.

    Ioustinos44

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    It’s like they …
    It’s like they don’t think special interests, corporations, and unions don’t have massive influence outweighing the average citizen’s already.

    youcrackpot

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    Next, the Supreme …
    Next, the Supreme Court will require US citizens to watch the Exxon Republikan National Convention in 2012. If you don’t watch it, you will be arrested for abridging the corporations right to free speech.

    youcrackpot

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    Corporations have …
    Corporations have no allegiance to the US-only to their bottom line. A corporation with major interests and holdings in China would have an allegiance to China rather than the US and yet the SC gave freedom of speech and influence over our elected officials and over our election process to these corporations.
    Are Republikans too stupid to anticipate the terrible consequences this might have?

    Dahnje

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    They so dislike …
    They so dislike Obama that they have now changed the rules at the expense of the nation. They are not considering the real dangers. It’s martyrdom for immediate political success.

    TheGranule

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    The Arabs …
    The Arabs understand perfectly. Now billions of dollars from their corporations which are tied to the Major International Oil Companies can buy elections in the US.

    The Supreme Court has sold us to harsh rulers who do not love our country, and laugh at our foolishness.

    It might be time to impeach some of the Justices for not holding to their oath to protect the Constitution.

    BoomeR911104

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    Well, here it goes. …
    Well, here it goes. The Supreme Court is as corrupt as the thieves on Wall Street. Do not bother going out and voting. The campagin races are going to be about who dumps the most cash on one candidate. Everyone who actually cares about their future should be outraged by this. Don’t you all see, Washington has been highjacked by big corporations in broad daylight. Take advantage of few Ammendments we have left and buy a gun. The government is bailing out the wrong people. It has abonded Americans

    Boomer1949

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    No, they aren’t …
    No, they aren’t that stupid. With a bug in one ear “your out” and a bug in another ear “your in” the votes will go very well in Congress. The circus of a real gov body will continue for the dumbed down masses.

    duffer29

    (March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am)

    you have absolutely …
    you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

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