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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-14-13 10:32 AM
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I am not sure that is so.
Remember, Citizens United decided whether CU violated certain campaign laws.

The answer was yes, but the laws CU violated were unconstitutional because they restrained CU's free speech.

Campaign laws limiting campaign spending are relatively new in the history of the US. Before those relatively new laws, there were no limits at all on campaign spending.

Granted, the invention of television and radio advertising kicked up the cost of campaigns considerably, but that happened outside the Constitution, the intent of the Framers, etc.

The way the Framers assured the plutocracy was by severely limiting the things that the general populace could vote on and then by severely limiting who within the general populace was able to vote. Between gender, race and wealth restrictions on the right to vote, only about 6% of the population of 1789 was entitled to vote. And they were very unlikely to elect anyone who was not like themselves.

So, one way or another, the plutocrats have always had control.

The Equal Time rule (1927) and The Fairness Doctrine (1949) were intended to mitigate the impact of buying air time, but the former is almost meaningless at this point and the Obama Administration put the final nail in the coffin of the latter during Obama's first term.

It's odd. When Reagan and Bush were opposing the Doctrine, Democrats opposed them. When the Obama administration put the final nail in the coffin, though, neither party gave him much opposition.

BTW, the FCC was also a New Deal program.
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