SCOTUS affirms 1st Amendment rights

Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a monumental ruling in Citizens United v. FEC affirming corporations’ right to make expenditures in support of or opposition to candidates.  The ruling even overturned part of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law that prohibited corporation and union-paid issue ads in the days immediately prior to an election.

There’s a good chance the High Court’s ruling will stop the progress of SB 43 through our State Legislature.  The State Senate passed the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 26-7.  Senate Bill 43, among other things, would require a non-political organization that communicates anything to non-members about a candidate in the 60 days leading up to an election to report the name and address (and employer, if it’s a $100+ contribution) of every donor.  The bill would even apply to communications in opposition to or support of a referendum!

The bill is nothing more than a ban on free speech.  As Atty. James Bopp, Jr. said, “The Framers understood that in a free Republic the proper response to speech one opposes is speech in opposition, not opposition to speech.”

Hopefully, Democratic leaders in the Assembly will pay attention to this ruling and choose to ignore SB 43.

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