Latinos, Corporate Power and the Supreme Court

Reported by the National Institute for Latino Policy eNewsletter, Commentary, Angelo Falcón

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision in the appeal of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission adds to the already corrupting influence of money on American politics, which is bad news for the Latino community.

In a 5-4 split vote, the Court lifted the ban against corporations spending money from their own treasuries for political advertisements aired within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election and lifted restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose candidates. The majority was composed of justices appointed by Republican presidents, while the dissenting minority consisted of three appointed by Democratic presidents and one by a Republican president. By the way, Justice Sotomayor was among the dissenters who, in Justice Steven's opinion, sharply argued that the Court's ruling "threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation."

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