How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors

The Fifth Column

Republican Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Republican Billionaire Sheldon Adelson | CREDIT: AP PHOTO/KIN CHEUNG

I shouldn’t have been surprised at the Supreme Court decision regarding  McCutcheon v. FEC, but I was, nonetheless.  I was naive enough to think the Court would see it’s mistake in their Citizens United decision and not repeat the same thing in this instance.   I was wrong…

Think Progress

Chief Justice John Roberts begins his opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC with a flourish: “[t]here is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” He then spends the next forty pages explaining why that participation includes the right of rich people to attempt to buy elections. Thanks to the decision Roberts and his four fellow conservative justices handed down today (Though Thomas did not join Roberts’ opinion, he wrote a more radical opinion calling for all limits on campaign donations to be…

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