254. Editorial – A Threat to Fair Elections – NYTimes.com
September 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
This may be one of the most important decisions of the court. It will be interesting and frightening.
The Supreme Court may be about to radically change politics by striking down the longstanding rule that says corporations cannot spend directly on federal elections. If the floodgates open, money from big business could overwhelm the electoral process, as well as the making of laws on issues like tax policy and bank regulation.
The court, which is scheduled to hear arguments on this issue on Wednesday, is rushing to decide a monumental question at breakneck speed and seems willing to throw established precedents and judicial modesty out the window.