Editorial Opinion By Judith Deutsch (PDA Member)
If you disagree with the law of our nation which maintains that corporations have the same First Amendment Rights as people and that money is the same as speech, and that corporations, although they can’t give unlimited amounts of money to candidates, can spend unlimited amounts on political ads, please ask Senators Udall and Heinrich and your Congressional Representative to support HJ Resolution 48 (which you can find at the end of this column).
These Supreme Court of the United States decisions have determined the above:
The 1866 County of Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad case which has been cited as settling that corporations are persons within the provisions of the fourteenth amendment; the 1976 Buckley vs. Valeo case which equated money with speech since every form of communicating costs money; the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC case which states that limiting a corporation’s ability to spend money is unconstitutional because it limits the ability of its members associate effectively and to speak on political issues.
Furthermore, the Federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit 2010SpeechNow.Org v.FEC case resulted in individuals and PACs being allowed to give unlimited amounts for the purpose of making independent expenditures, thereby creating super-PACS.
Thus millions are spent by corporations and individuals to influence our elections. (Jonathan Easley, a National Political Reporter for The Hill, has reported that the Koch Brothers network plans to spend $400 million on the 2018 elections.)