Thursday, April 03, 2014

POLITICS - Reactions to Supreme Court's Decision to Allow More Election Corruption

The Republicans love this decision because Republicans are already wholly owned by the rich.

"Debating how the court’s campaign finance decision affects the influence of money on American politics" PBS NewsHour 4/2/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  So, reaction to the court’s decision was, as you can imagine, swift.  Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said it — quote — “turned back the clock on our democracy.”  House Speaker John Boehner hailed it as a victory for the First Amendment.

REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R, Ohio, Speaker of the House:  What I think this means is that freedom of speech is being upheld.  You all have the freedom to write what you want to write.  Donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.

SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER, D, N.Y.:  The very wealthy should be allowed to participate in the system, but most people would agree, if you did a balancing test, already their weight is disproportionate, and this makes it more so.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Hari Sreenivasan (NewsHour) in our New York studio gets more reaction now.

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