The political action committee (PAC), 8 years after the United States Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United against the Federal Election Commission, remains in opposition with the impact of a decision that caused a stir in the American political system gradually culminating.
The ruling marked another controversial court decision bound to impact the country’s politics adding to other cases such as the Roe v. Wade in 1973, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, and the Dred Scott v. Sandford in 1857. Some of the effects of these cases are still felt today.
The controversial ruling on Citizens United has sent many politicians in a strenuous pushback that organizations are striving hard to forge a legal way around or possibly overturn it, which is why End Citizens United was born in 2015 to champion the fight.
It all started when 2008 when Citizens United tried to air film hurling attacks at Hillary Clinton during her presidential primaries. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the 90-minute movie was a campaign ad, which they found to be rather long. Details on how much the cost would have been and who had paid them to show the film was not revealed.
The Federal Court ruled in favor of the FEC and the Citizens United plea to have them overturned were futile. However, two years later the U.S Supreme Court reversed the federal ruling hence began the battle of the finance case law.
Some figured the decision as brilliant. The majority supported the right of free speech bestowed to persons by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The decision can also be judged as more than a little creative. Amidst protests, the ruled did away with government regulations on what corporations can do to influence the elections’ results.
The Supreme Court, among other things, failed to factor in the fact that the American corporations are in fact multinationals. They have undeniable interests in foreign nations and are responsible for the influx of income in the country’s election system. The money is only bound to increase.
According to Justice Stevens, the ramification of the ruling includes the bombardment of televisions and radios with countless ads during the campaign period. Stevens also noted that the decision only paved way for uncontrolled contributions from anonymous sources.
Because donors will not be held responsible for financing the elections, the number of negative ads that are tiring to the voters will increase and there will be nothing done about it.
Admittedly, the Citizens United only gave the Republican Party the hand since they have a strong grip on the economic elites particularly some of the country’s wealthiest persons running wild corporate investments including the Walton Family, the Koch brothers, and Betsy DeVos.
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