This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is the case that keeps on giving – if you are a deep-pocketed donor looking to swing an election.
Citizens United was the January decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down crucial federal limits on corporate campaign spending. In part, it overturned a key provision of the McCain-Feingold ban on corporate and union “issue ads” in the days immediately preceding an election.
Now the ruling has reached its tentacles to Washington to strangle a similar state provision aimed at limiting the ability of big money to evade accountability for late hits.