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Elections to deepest of deep pockets (Monterey County Herald editorial)

Updated: 01/25/2010 01:32:07 AM PST

... The founders of the United States warned about the dangers of corporate influence. The Constitution they wrote mentions many things and assigns them rights and protections the people, militias, the press, religion. But it does not mention corporations.

In 1907, as corporations reached new heights of wealth and power, Congress made its views of the relationship between corporations and campaigning clear: It banned them from contributing to candidates. At mid-century, it enacted the broader ban on spending that was repeatedly reaffirmed over the decades until it was struck down Thursday.

This issue should never have been before the court. The justices overreached and seized on a case involving a narrower, technical question involving the broadcast of a movie that attacked Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign. The court elevated that case to a forum for striking down the entire ban on corporate spending and then rushed the process of hearing the case at breakneck speed. It gave lawyers a month to prepare briefs on an issue of enormous complexity, and it scheduled arguments during its vacation.

Chief Justice John Roberts, no doubt aware of how sharply these actions clash with his confirmation-time vow to be judicially modest and simply "call balls and strikes," wrote a separate opinion trying to excuse the shameless judicial overreaching ...

http://www.montereyherald.com/editorials/ci_14262367?nc...
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