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Tag: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission


ELECTIONS: McCutcheon ruling subverts democracy

Re: “Supreme Court ruling a move to restore free speech” (TNT, 4-8).

Columnist Robert Samuelson is grasping at straws and manipulating statistics to justify the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. After stating “money is speech that aims to affect how people behave,” Samuelson downplays the political influence the decision has unleashed.

According to him, donations by rich individuals and corporations to candidates and Super PACs have not adversely impacted the country because “most federal spending goes to the poor and middle class” (in other words, the 99 percent).

It sounds like Samuelson believes the rich

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ELECTIONS: McCutcheon ruling amounts to poll tax

The recent McCutcheon ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated limits on donations for candidates and political committees on the basis that they are limits on the free speech of wealthy people. What about the limits on free speech for the rest of us? We are all limited by the amount of money we can afford to give.

The courts have long recognized that a poll tax is a limit on one’s ability to vote. It is considered unconstitutional, because we all have the right to equal treatment under the law, i.e., we all have an equal right to vote,

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