Sunday, August 11, 2013

Citizens United

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law prevented
"a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary, and prohibited such expenditures by corporations and unions."
It is ironic the broadcast at issue in Citizen's United was a documentary "Hilary: The Movie" funded by a conservative group, Citizen's United.

As we know, the Supreme Court struck down McCain-Feingold and democracy at that instant died. President Obama used the next State of the Union speech to lecture the Supreme Court on the dire consequences of the repeal of McCain-Feingold. All sorts of horribles, according to those opposed to the Citizens United, ensued.

But it's funny that those who were so upset by the Supreme Court's decision have been completely silent on the news that NBC is planning to run a mini-series on Hilary Clinton before the 2016 election. Is this because suddenly the Left has embraced the Supreme Court's decision or because their objection to Citizen's United was more an objection to their political opponent's speech?

I'd guess the latter. Speech is good. Whether you like it or not.


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