January 21, 2010 by Jason Brown
It was announced today by the Supreme Court that they would not uphold a precedent that restricted spending by corporations in political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. The decision rolls back restrictions in place since 1947. Corporations and Labor Unions can now run ads and campaigns directly against political candidates instead of being routed though Political Action Committees (PACs).
As many reactions have suggested this will most likely lead to a rush of corporate spending before the upcoming Congressional elections. Dissenting Justice John Paul Stevens in a 90-page dissent wrote: “While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.” Some are calling this the final blow to American Democracy, while supporters see it as a step in the right direction in expanding and protecting First Amendment Rights for American Citizens.
Many groups are now calling for a campaign to abolish corporate personhood, which they believe would reduce their ability to overpower democratic institutions and processes. Here is a list of groups working toward such a solution and corporate accountability in general: