More Corporate Money Coming To Elections Near You

Friday, January 22, 2010

Yesterday, the Supreme Court effectively overturned The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the campaign finance reform passed in 2002.  Senators John Mcain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) designed the law to limit the influence of big business and labor unions on elections. 

We speak with Jeff Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, about the uncertain future of campaign finance reform, and how this ruling affects the relationship between corporations and political candidates.


Jeffrey Rosen

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So today, The Takeaway had two legal experts on to discuss the Citizens' United decision. One was Jeffrey Rosen, who is a virulent critic of the Roberts Court and who is a noted left-of-center legal analyst. The other was Dahlia Lithwick of, who is a marginally-less virulent critic of the Roberts Court and also left-leaning. What is the editorial difference, between Rosen and Lithwick?

There was also the back-and-forth between Democrat election stategist Dan Strother (who likes the SCOTUS decision) and moderate Republican Chris Shays, a longtime sponsor of campaign finance reform. Add both Takeaway hosts, who each appeared to be horrified by the decision, and you've got a lopsided 5 to 1 ratio critics to supporters of the decision. And zero conservatives.

Little wonder, The Takeaway attracts an apparently left-leaning group of listeners and commenters.

Jan. 22 2010 02:11 PM

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