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

    The day a corporation can breathe like a person, I'll consider it a person.

    Until then, a corporation is nothing but an artificial legal construct, created to transact business.

    Corporations are NOT people, and therefore do not qualify for First Amendment rights.

    January 28, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. southerncousin

    Of course the justices of the Supreme Court, being the ladies and gentlemen they are won't respond to the gutter politics put out by this idiot. Leahy is another one I hope the TEA party concentrates on. Cheney called him out and so should the rest of the country He is a partisan joke, like Obama.

    January 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. IndepndentAmerican

    Good, what the Supreme Court has done, is going to allow Foreign Corporations to meddle in our elections! How is that Democracy?

    January 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. gt

    leahey is a angry old man who has never accomplished anything,, all he ever does is look angry and grip... ... new ideas ,,, time to retire mr. scroogge....

    January 28, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. obama the liar

    Leaky Leahy is disappointed that the unions will now have competition for corruptness.

    January 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Jeff

    good, this is a terrible thing and we ought to amend the constitution to bar it

    January 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. mike in tx

    that low life scum bag needs to sit down and shut up. when they get unions, eviro groups, community activists, move on.org, soros out of campaign donations then they can howl about corporations

    January 28, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. john

    The time for the senate to act is now. When multinational companies begin to buy local elections, no government body will have the strength to revert this decision anymore.

    January 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Average American

    The Supreme Courts decision should be in the dictionary under "Judicial Activism".

    January 28, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Centrist

    The Supreme Court made a horrible ruling. Our country does not need more corporations, lobbyists and special interests from either side influencing our government, especially when these entities can include non-US influence.

    The legislative branch should move to put checks and balances on this judicial activism to ensure proper oversight for the American people.

    January 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Gil Oberdas

    I was so pleased to see and hear the President not far from the Supreme Court tell them the truth! They have or will open the floodgates for Corporate, Big Oil, and Banks to flood the campaign trail with billions of dollars to try and get done what their lobbyists haven't or didn't get done. We will have to retitle our office of President as the Chief CEO. What ashame the right is destroying America!

    January 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    He can't slam a U.S. Supreme Ct. decision !! That's a right only reserved for the Party of God & Patriots-Republicans.

    January 28, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Why is it that Democrats think every disenting voice to be silenced.
    They want talk radio regulated.
    They want companies silenced in the political arena.
    The average person should only get their propoganda from Unions, groups like Move-on and the aligned media.

    So which American political party is more like the National Socialist German Workers' Party ? I'll give you a hint, read the 25 point plan from 1920.

    January 28, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Todd

    EVERY US Congressperson should be ripping this SCOTUS. republicons have whined for decades about "judicial activism." They promised that they would only support judges who defer to the legislative and executive branches and who would not "legislate from the bench." This court is the most acitivist sinc ethe Warren Court. The difference is that the Warren court was using the Constitution to strike down laws that clearly violated the Constitution – segregation, denying access to even INFORMATION about ANY form of birth control, unequal application of law and such. THIS court is trying to use the bench to create a UNited States subservient to coporate interests and one that cowers before corporate power. Certainly this is not a "left- right" or a "conservative – liberal" question. This is a court that threatens the bedrock principles of the Union.

    January 28, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. M

    Good...let this be the first bi-partisan issued tackled for good!

    January 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. charlotte

    I say someone should follow the money and see just how much the Bush court appointees have at stake in their personal portfolios for the biggest potential corporate campaign donors. It is probably nontrivial. Cheney/Rove and Bush dynasty corruption could easily have reached into the court appointees.

    January 28, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. nick

    They should be "ripped!" The decision was a sell-out to the rich and infamous; multi-national corporations and varied special interest groups like the U S Chamber of Commerce. The GOPer justices sold the American people down river and if justuice is to be served, all of them should be impeached for doing so after an investigation shows what they received in return. But, after all, with a Chief Justice from S.C. what could we expect but such a travisty of justice.

    January 28, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    And just how many corporations and special interest have donated to Leahy and other Democrats and still are to this day? Talk about a bunch of hypocrites.

    January 28, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Terry from West Texas

    The Five Republican Hacks on the Supreme Court are doing exactly what they were appointed to do: help Republicans win elections. Four of them helped to overturn the 2000 election. Now they are trying to pump more corporate money into Republican campaigns. To do this, they had to redefine speech as money. Words and sentences are speech. A corporate check is not speech.

    This decision will go down in American history with the Dred Scott decision which sought to expand slavery into the territories.

    Our current Supreme Court reminds me of a local car dealer who had a promotion where they gave away a new car. Amazingly, out of the thousands of tickets in the basket, the owner's girlfriend won the car.

    The fix is in.

    January 28, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    EVERYONE IN THIS NATION NEEDS TO BE RIPPING THEM! Good on you, Senator Leahy! The function of this court is as a check and balance for the others branches of government.

    Our country is ALREADY SOLD OUT TO SPECIALL INTETRESTS. This very political, SUBJECTIVE NOT OBJECTIVE, decision is the final nail on our collective coffing to protect our Middle Class and hence those below in this Classist Society. Where to find folks with Impeccable Integrity in America To SERVE? We better find more of them or we can kiss this experiment good-bye! Thank you, Senator!

    RISE UP PEOPLE AND SPEAK! Non-violently, of course. Peace

    January 28, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Cheers to Sen Leahy and to Pres Obama for slamming the Supreme Court. Sandra Day O'Connor also came out against how the court ruled, and she was a Republican appointee, probably the only one on the court who actually read the Constitution. The ruling by the Court really sucks big time...all it did was open up the coffers of the big companies that can afford to "buy" votes in the Congress.

    January 28, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    That ruling was a blow to everyone who believes Americans are too stupid to think for themselves. How will Leahy get even fatter and richer if he can't quietly sell his vote?

    January 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. russell

    And you complain about democrats, here you have the supreme court , giving one party a complete advantage over the other , .....but I geuss republicans aren't gonna complain against that...

    January 28, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    They already do you idiot...the unions are corporations....tell you what let's make it completely fair...the only contributions that can be legaly accepted are from people...no PACs, no teacher's unions, no ABA, AMA....

    January 28, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. gary davis harbor oregon

    the jesture from the justice should let us all know just how narrow minded he is , and he should be not asked but told to step down from being a supreme court justice . NOW ! shame on him , and the rule shoudl also be over turned or hopefully the congress or the president can make something happen to stop this stupid decision by the court
    It should not be something that the supreme court should even be hearing about . its all about super lobbiusts power and corporate power of the common middle class american . stupid is as stupid does and after 8 years of administrative abuse by the republicans .. time for what the president talked about last night to happen .. wake up america we have a chance to make it right :)

    January 28, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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