The decision seeks to let voters choose for themselves among a multitude of voices and ideas when they go to the polls, but it will also increase the power of organized interest groups at the expense of candidates and political parties.
It is expected to unleash a torrent of attack advertisements from outside groups aiming to sway voters, without any candidate having to take the criticism for dirty campaigning. The biggest beneficiaries might be well-placed incumbents whose favor companies and interests groups are eager to court. It could also have a big impact on state and local governments, where a few million dollars can have more influence on elections.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Supreme Court decision puts more power in the hands of lobbyists, special interests
The U. S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down limits on corporate contributions further solidifies the hold of lobbyists and special interests on the reins of power: