CHAPTER 11Corporate Control of Politics

The government silences a corporate objector, and those corporations may have the most knowledge of this on the subject. Corporations have lots of knowledge about environment, transportation issues, and you are [proposing] silencing them during the election?

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking from the bench during September 9, 2009, oral arguments in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

DURING THE BRUISING PRIMARY ELECTION SEASON OF 2008, A RIGHT-WING group put together a ninety-minute hit-job on Hillary Clinton and wanted to run it on TV stations in strategic states. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled that advertisements for the “documentary” were actually ...

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