January 28th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Pam from Iowa

    I agree 100 % with Senator Leahy. This decision will cause the end of true democracy. it has been bad encough with extremist groups such as Swiftboat distorting the truth, special interest groups and lobbyists influencing decision making, all drowning out the American people. Money controls politics – even more now!

    January 28, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Reggie

    Shame on Obama for his comments about the supreme court. If President Bush had bad mouthed them everytime they ruled against something he believed in, it would have been anarchy.
    Obama is not the king of everything, like he thinks he is.

    January 28, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Orange Curtain, CA

    Worst Supreme Court decision ever

    January 28, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. S.B.

    I don't think those justices who made this ruling really considered the consequences of what they did. There's too much money spent on our elections now, and this will only make it worse. And the point about foreigners buying our elections really frightens me. This will not be done overtly, but in such a way that most of us aren't aware of what's going on. Personally I think that the length of campaigns should be limited, and depending on the nature of the office, a maximum limit should be placed on campaign spending per office. States could set their own limits for state offices, but there should be federal limits for federal offices. Just think of all the people whose jobs could be saved by the amount that will be spent in this next election. It might even spare us from the barrage of phone calls we now receive which I consider an imposition on my privacy. We pride ourselves on our great system of government, but when it comes to the influence of money, ours is one of the worst.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Orange Curtain, CA

    Thank you Sen. Leahy

    January 28, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    George Soros....SEIU.... ACORN what's the difference?

    January 28, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. R

    He is very right. Its a shame this even made it to the supreme court. This is how slavery starts.

    January 28, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on our shoes!

    Well said, Senator Leahy.

    Our Congressional seats are now for sale to the highest bidder from around the globe.

    How republican.

    January 28, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Soren

    The "Suprime" Court has now lost all credibility and should probably
    change its name to something far more intellectually modest.
    To believe, that endless money is not going to have enourmous
    negative influence on democracy is naive at best and totally stupid,
    uninformed and banana-republic at worst.
    Just look at the faces of those 5 "judges". They look like classic,
    arrogant and greedy capitalist republicans.

    January 28, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Soren

    "Suprime" is of course "Supreme".
    Sorry.

    January 28, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Clint

    Good point about Alito's statement and the alleged position of conservative judges about judicial activism. I wonder if in response Sammy is mouthing the words "I had my fingers crossed when I said that at my confirmation hearing."

    January 28, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Last Dem Standing

    This dude's been in DC too long, as are most of the dimwits currently servicing there. Let's see the duopoly of Republican and Democrats. It's killing the USA. The Supreme Court case was about limiting free speech. If you are concerned about foreign companies having political influence, then why don't you stop them from buying American corporations? They are all full of hot air!

    January 28, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. james

    The libs just HATE it when the Court follows the Constitution, don't they?

    January 28, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    Boo hoo, boo hoo.

    However will Leahy and his crony friends extort money if big business doesn't "need" him anymore.

    Boo hoo, boo hoo.

    January 28, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. gord ontario

    united states of corperate america good luck middle class

    January 28, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. historian

    Sure would like to know how each one voted on this.

    January 28, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Stuff it Leakey Leahy

    January 28, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    What's really disturbing is that 4 Liberal Justices serving on the SCOTUS don't understand the fundamentals of government.

    Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. – Ambrose Bierce

    It seems to me that same definition could apply to Unions, so if they're virtually the same entity then why not the same application of the law?

    Traditionally donations break down like this:

    Corporations

    51% to the Republicans
    49% to the Democrats

    Unions

    8% to the Republicans
    92% to the Democrats

    Hmmm....now who's being the political activists here?!?

    January 28, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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