More Citizens United: resistance is futile

Citizens United is identified as one of the most significant decisions of the Roberts court in this Times piece today.

Some corporate leaders are dismayed by Citizens United.

They sent the letter through Fair Elections Now, a coalition of good-government groups that has long lobbied Congress to pass legislation establishing public campaign financing.

A Senate proposal would finance campaigns with a fee on businesses that get $10 million or more in government contracts.

The House would finance it with revenue from auctioning off the television broadcast spectrum, which was opened when the country switched to digital broadcasting.

The Post reports that President Obama discussed the case in his weekly address.  The President mentions the foreign nationals (twice), the special interests, the floodgates, and says the ruling “strikes at our democracy.”  The transcript is here.

Prospects for reform?  The Post discusses.

“There is not much that Congress can do,” said Robert K. Kelner, a Republican lawyer at Covington & Burling. “It’s hard for me to see any obvious route for campaign finance reformers to take aside from tinkering around the edges.”

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