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We're fucked now!
    #351170 - 01/21/10 10:22 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

If we weren't fucked before we certainly are now.  Good bye democracy!

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits
January 21, 2010 - 10:18am

By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.

By a 5-4 vote, the court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for their own campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.

Critics of the stricter limits have argued that they amount to an unconstitutional restraint of free speech, and the court majority apparently agreed.

"The censorship we now confront is vast in its reach," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion, joined by his four more conservative colleagues.

However, Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting from the main holding, said, "The court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation."

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor joined Stevens' dissent, parts of which he read aloud in the courtroom.

The justices also struck down part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union- and corporate-paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns.

Advocates of strong campaign finance regulations have predicted that a court ruling against the limits would lead to a flood of corporate and union money in federal campaigns as early as this year's midterm congressional elections.

The decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, removes limits on independent expenditures that are not coordinated with candidates' campaigns.

The case also does not affect political action committees, which mushroomed after post-Watergate laws set the first limits on contributions by individuals to candidates. Corporations, unions and others may create PACs to contribute directly to candidates, but they must be funded with voluntary contributions from employees, members and other individuals, not by corporate or union treasuries.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #351195 - 01/21/10 11:55 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

That is bad news, luckily I'm in Britain where lobbyists and companies aren't allowed to back their own political agendas (at least I think that's right, I'm not studying politics) but America on the other hand allows medicinal marijuana and the weed here is normally shite. 

I want to move to Amsterdam . . .


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: arachnospore]
    #351222 - 01/21/10 01:37 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I got a text from APmobile this morning about this and I just :facepalm:'d for like an hour.


this is truly bad news for American politics :sad:


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #351235 - 01/21/10 02:52 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #351248 - 01/21/10 03:20 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

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I got a text from APmobile this morning about this and I just :facepalm:'d for like an hour.


this is truly bad news for American politics :sad:




haha, do you have the APmobile app?  I've got that too, I was sitting in bed getting ready for work when it made that crazy sound.  I discussed it with all my coworkers today.  No one i have talked to seems to think this is a good idea.  And their reasoning is on a free speech and censorship basis!  what an ass backwards country we live in.


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #351256 - 01/21/10 03:37 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)



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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: b0b gnarley]
    #351260 - 01/21/10 03:42 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

ben franklin was right, we should have had the turkey be our symbol.

:lol:


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #351276 - 01/21/10 04:16 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

lol, the government was fucked before this. So I dont really care.


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #351310 - 01/21/10 04:55 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

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FurrowedBrow said:
ben franklin was right, we should have had the turkey be our symbol.

:lol:




Yeah it seems to represent us more.  Well maybe strap a rocket laucher or something on it.


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you know what i did in english class? I came to class stoned out of my mind every day, i chugged vodka in the back of class, i put dead fish in the ceiling tiles. i put a gallon of old milk and orange juice in the file cabinet before winter vacation. i brought snakes in a tied up sweater and let them loose during class. i didnt go to school to learn, i went because i had to. i didnt care, and i didn't fucking listen to that stupid bitch. and i still don't fucking care. i tore the pages out of her books and burned them, and threw away all the books in the class, two books per day.  :twobooks:


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: THEBats]
    #351314 - 01/21/10 04:59 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

that deserves a hearty chuckle and no thing more .


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: Gary420]
    #351317 - 01/21/10 05:06 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

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that deserves a hearty chuckle and no thing more .




NOTHING IS ONE WORD :kingcrankey:


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #351319 - 01/21/10 05:07 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

:rofl2: Although ti was fun to read it as no thing more.


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: Triptonic]
    #351368 - 01/21/10 05:38 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

english is hard language to learn .


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Re: We're fucked now! [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #351382 - 01/21/10 06:02 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

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Harry_Ba11sach said:
I got a text from APmobile this morning about this and I just :facepalm:'d for like an hour.


this is truly bad news for American politics :sad:



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TheCrunchyBisquit said:
fuck



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Triptonic said:
lol, the government was fucked before this. So I dont really care.



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FurrowedBrow said:
ben franklin was right, we should have had the turkey be our symbol.

:lol:





other than that, :facepalm:


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