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Supreme Court lifts limits
on corporate political speech
Dear Friends of MAIN:
This morning, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision, lifted spending limits
on corporate speech in political campaigns and elections.
This shocking decision reverses decades of efforts – and legal precedents –
to limit the influence of money in the American electoral system.
The great American jurist, Justice Louis Brandeis, wrote: “We can have
democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the
hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Justice Brandeis also noted that: “The
most important political office is that of the private citizen.”
Supreme Court decision, five justices (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy and
Alito) equated the speech rights of multinational corporations – like Exxon-Mobil
and Monsanto – with the speech rights of individual American citizens. This decision
repudiates the democratic idea that great concentrations of wealth should not
have unlimited influence on our elections.
As one of America’s oldest media reform organizations, the nonprofit
Mountain Area Information Network has long understood the power of corporate
money and corporate media to control our public discourse, limit citizen
speech, and thereby favor Wall Street over Main Street.
With this decision, MAIN’s media reform efforts – and those of our allies
nationwide – become all the more critical, especially in limiting corporate
control over the Internet and the public airwaves. Likewise, MAIN’s pioneering
work in promoting local ownership of media infrastructure (public access TV,
low-power FM radio, fiber and wireless broadband networks) has never been more
Please take a moment to consider the profound implications of today’s
Supreme Court decision – and then make whatever tax-deductible donation you can
afford to ensure that MAIN’s media reform work continues, both here at home and
Platitudes like “the stakes have never been higher” do not express the
injury that this decision has inflicted on our American political system.
Please continue to monitor the MAIN homepage – www.main.nc.us or follow us on
Facebook – as we continue to cover this disturbing development.
MAIN Board, Staff and Volunteers