Supreme Court Campaign-Finance Ruling

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Expert:
Dr. Kermit Roosevelt
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:
Researches and teaches constitutional law and conflict of laws.
Former clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Souter

Quote:
“The decision is a bad thing for democracy. It reflects a misunderstanding of the First Amendment. Corporations are not people and do not have constitutional rights, properly speaking, so a justification for applying the First Amendment here must rest on the listeners. The interests that corporate speech promotes could be promoted by actual people -- typically, the shareholders or employees of a corporation -- so there is no compelling reason to give the corporation rights to promote it. And given the ability of corporations to drown out real people, there are good reasons not to.”