For Immediate Release
Roberts Court Puts Corporate Power above Individual Rights
Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC,
People For the American Way president Michael B. Keegan released the following
"Today's ruling is yet another example of selective
enforcement of constitutional rights by the Roberts Court. Chief Justice John Roberts
and other conservatives on the Court claim to be committed to judicial
restraint and respect for precedent. But they demonstrated that they will
gladly set those principles aside when it suits their ideology.
"It is a long-established principle that the government can act
in the interest of democracy to prevent corporations from pouring in billions
of dollars to unduly influence elections. Congress and state legislatures
across the nation have enacted legislation based on this principle for decades
and with bipartisan backing. But today the Roberts Court decided that it knew
better. Given conservative rhetoric about deference to the democratically
elected branches, today's ruling is stunning.
"The Roberts Court
seems to be most concerned about constitutional rights when they pertain to
business, government, or other powerful interests. Today, not for the first
time, the Court privileged corporations over individual Americans. This
decision is proof positive that the Supreme Court has lurched dangerously to
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