Supreme Court refuses to reconsider campaign finance controversy
June 25th, 2012
10:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Supreme Court refuses to reconsider campaign finance controversy

(CNN) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to reconsider one of its most controversial decisions of recent years, which has had a dramatic effect on election campaigns.

In a 5-4 ruling, with the more liberal justices dissenting, the high court refused to hear arguments over whether a state can limit campaign spending by corporations.


Filed under: Campaign finance • Supreme Court
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  1. don in albuquerque

    Welcome to the United States of Koch.

    June 25, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    "By rejecting a full hearing, the court has signaled its past precedents in favor of corporations applies to state laws as well."

    Chief Justice John Roberts should be impeached for lying under oath during his confirmation hearings, when he said that he would follow precedence when making rulings – and then brought before the Court the Citizens United case, tossed out 100 years of precedence, and decided that corporations are people.

    Quick question to Roberts: If corporations are people, then why can't they die? Why can't they marry? And what gender are they?

    June 25, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Supreme Court refuses to admit they violated the Constitution by allowing our government to be sold to the highest bidder.

    June 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. eddieb

    they are sold out to major corp. our supreme court is a bunch of crooks.

    June 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Corporations are not people no matter what Willard says. The SCOTUS has sold America out to the highest bidder. Is it possible to try the SCOTUS for treason?

    June 25, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar

    So when republicans sue the government over healthcare (something that helps the people) it's heard, but they REFUSE to revisit campaign finance reform? Those are our elected officials at work. Oh wait...

    June 25, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    the 5 activist judges who upheld this should be ashamed of themselves. Big money buys america. what a disgrace

    June 25, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Joe

    Just another case of the rich and powerful having too much influence. This ruling is as corrupt as the Koch brothers

    June 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. MCJNY

    We can't trust the process anymore. By not allowing arguments to be heard against their ruling, they have effectively removed 1st amendment protections to peacefully/lawfully denounce the actions of the government. The supreme court effectively ignored the american people's cry to remove corporate control of this nation. There is no constitutional precedent to guide this refusal to hear the case and it's far from frivolous. Simply put, the SCOTUS has been bought and paid for. The revolution is becoming unavoidable.

    June 25, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Marty, FL

    No more Citizens United justices. Period.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 25, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. sick of republican phonies

    In the land where hyper-capitalism rules, money talks. The "little guy" is only a cog in the machine. Did anyone expect otherwise?

    June 25, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    I love it.... Leftists only want THEIR speech to be free and unhindered. Anybody that opposes them or that has a different view, well those views must be silenced at all costs. Total control of the debate and information flow is the only way their inferior and proven failed approach can be foisted on the uninformed masses. Thank God the USSC preserved our rights to free speech.

    June 25, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    And the real kicker is that NOBODY asked them to enact "citizens united". They did it all of their own volition. Talk about activits judges!

    June 25, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. David in Houston

    Thank you, Supreme Court.

    America...truly the best democracy money can buy.

    June 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Naomi

    "Free" speech... what a joke... it's about buying it.

    June 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. judy

    the supreme court screwed up royaly and don't have the guts to say they where wrong. So much for freedom in the US. Money from foreign countries now rule our politics. Keep fighting. Obama 2012 Forward.

    June 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Harold S.

    I am dumbfounded, this is ruling is a disgrace....these five justices are arrogant to say the less...similar to the Dred Scott decision, which upheld segregation as Something separate and equal.......my heart hurts.......the fight for justice continues

    June 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. SuperD

    What do you Libtards think corporations are? Group of people, that's who. What else could they possibly be?

    Bend Forward has it right, the Left only wants their speech protected, to hell with anyones speech that they don't agree with.

    Can't have it both ways, crybabies.

    June 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Al-NY,NY– the 5 activist judges who upheld this should be ashamed of themselves. Big money buys america. what a disgrace
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    But you had no problem when big money from labor unions and trial lawyers bought the government for the Democrats! Hypocrite. Now the playing field is level, which is what you clowns always cry about.

    June 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    IMPEACH John Roberts

    June 25, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. MaryM

    Justice Stevens was correct and we are seeing the results of this horrible ruling now.
    Justice Stevens dissenting opinion in part says: The Court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.
    The Court's ruling is thus a rejection of the COMMON SENSE of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. 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.

    June 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that money is free speech is questionable since money can change hands and some have more than others. I don't like that. It means that someone who has more money is allowed to speak more. We need to equalize the playing field somehow.

    June 25, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Marry

    Part of the Supreme Court (and we know what part) – not only dead wrong but also stubborn and arrogant. Love to look at their personal accounts – oh, wait, probably have to look in Switzerland or the Cayman islands...

    June 25, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. labman57

    Chutzpah - conservative pundits, strategists, and politicians applauding the Citizens United rulings by the SCOTUS … while simultaneously condemning the POTUS for spending so much time and effort fundraising from his base of less affluent supporters.

    June 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ - The idea that money is free speech is questionable since money can change hands and some have more than others. I don't like that. It means that someone who has more money is allowed to speak more. We need to equalize the playing field somehow.
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    But there IS a way to do this already! Presidential candidates can accept public financing and limitations. In 2008 Obama said he would then reneged on his promise and went on to collect the most money in history, while McCain lived by his principles and accepted public financing, and a HUGE money disadvantage that restricted how much he could communicate to the American people. And all that was just fine with you clowns but now that everybody can essentially take the Obama route, you are all bent out of shape. It is just wonderful when you leftists get all twisted up and choked by your hypocrisy and double standards. Truly hilarious actually.

    June 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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