If you think that Citizens Unites was the most that the fascist five Injustice of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional venereal disease) could to to give more electoral power to the 0.1%, you thought wrong. There is now a case before the Court, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, to raise the amount a billionaire can contribute in the aggregate from $123,200 to $3.5 million per cycle. Herr Scalia said $3.5 million isn’t a lot of money!!
While much of the government continued in shutdown mode this week, the Supreme Court was back in business starting off its new term with a controversial campaign finance case. This week, the court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case that could have a huge impact on the way money influences our democracy.
McCutcheon challenges aggregate caps on how much individual donors can give to candidates and political parties. The current overall cap stands at $123,200 per donor for a two-year election cycle, but McCutcheon could raise that amount to more than $3.5 million.
This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks to Yale Law School election and constitutional law professor Heather Gerken who warns that McCutcheon has the potential to kill campaign finance reform, already reeling from the Citizens United decision that gave corporations, unions and the wealthy the opportunity to pour vast and often anonymous amounts of cash into political campaigns… [emphasis added]
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Bill devoted the first half of his hour long show to this.
If we think that this is the best government money can buy (and is buying) now, this disaster will make it that much worse. I am not very hopeful, given the current makeup of the Supreme Court. SCROTUS dominates. Regardless of how much the Fascist Five butchers our Constitution, these facts remain facts.