Really, isn’t a company, corporation, church, advocacy group or union just a group of people? Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) don’t think so, and they do not think the ACLU, Sierra Club, NRA or the media – all corporations – deserve First Amendment protection. The senators want to exclude corporations like the TEA Party Patriots from First Amendment rights.
Hypocrisy? After four years of going to war against corporate “donations” to campaigns – which are not corporate donations – and loudly complaining about the Citizens United v. FCC outcome, the Obama administration if floating the what-if-we-allow-corporations-to-fund-our-inauguration-bash trial balloon.
I am posting this one because it drove a bit of the conversation I had yesterday with Kathryn Jean Lopez from National Review. While arguing Citizens United as Solicitor General, Kagen tried to defend McCain Feingold and it’s limitations on the corporate purchase of political advertising within 30 days of an election. She did not do well.
Less than a week after President Obama and other Democrats slammed the Supreme Court’s decision to discard portions of campaign finance legislation, 12 Senators spent the weekend in sunny Miami with 108 high-dollar lobbyists.