Conflict of Interest Charge Triggers Effort to Vacate Supreme Court Ruling in Citizen's United
Interview with Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris
January 21st was the first anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case that by a 5 to 4 decision ushered in an era of unlimited and unaccountable spending by corporations and labor unions in U.S. election campaigns. The court upheld the doctrine that money is equivalent to speech protected under the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As a result of this ruling, campaign spending in the 2010 Congressional mid-term election increased by 330% over funds spent in 2006.
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