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.”