Why Citizens United and the Attack on Unions Are Linked
I happened to be listening to an older broadcast of Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air today and the subject was the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court….a decision which was essentially ordered by newly appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and raced through the Court. In essence, Citizens United threw out years of existing election campaign finance law and held that corporations had a right to “free speech.”
It also held that, depending on the type of structure used to dispense the funds raised, organizations could keep secret the origins of those funds.
But one comment in the podcast caught my attention: Citizens United gave these new powers to business and to unions.
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