(NNPA)—Last week the U.S. Supreme Court added another layer of bricks to the wall conservatives are trying to build to transform the American political system from a one-person-one-vote democracy into one that is ruled—via legislative enactments and judicial decision-making—by the wealthiest individuals and corporate entities.
The court’s five-member conservative faction in the case of McCutcheon v FEC (the Federal Election Commission) struck down limits on the total amount of money individuals can give to the political parties and candidates for the House and Senate during any two-year election cycle. That means that while individuals are still limited to giving no more than $2,600 to each candidate during an election campaign, now, unlike in the past, there’s no limit to how many congressional candidates they can lavish money on.
Writing the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that that provision of the federal campaign finance laws was a violation of the “free speech” rights of individuals to participate as fully in the political process as they saw fit.
Now, all those who were surprised by the court’s conservatives’ stance, raise your hands.