Posted 5 years ago on May 6, 2012, 1:06 a.m. EST by jrhirsch
from Sun City, CA
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Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals have the ability, since the Citizens United ruling, to contribute unlimited amounts of money to superpacs. Since the money does not go directly to the candidate, there is no limit to the amount that can be contributed because it is considered a form of free speech protected under the first amendment.
A person or entity can run commercials or other forms of communication for or against a candidate as long as the person or entity does not consult or plan with the candidate they support.
Free speech is a difficult area to limit, even when it is unfair. We can't just say a group of people has no right to run an ad in support of a politician. One possible solution is to limit all political speech, in support of or against a candidate, to a fixed dollar amount per campaign. Maybe $100 or so. By this method, a corporation, a union, a political party, a wealthy individual, and even a poor one, would all be limited to the same contribution limit, while at the same time all would keep their right to free speech, even their personhod. Each of our votes would be relatively equal, with no person or group having a clear advantage over another, the basis of Democracy. Free speech means nothing if it is not also fair speech.
Any ideas or comments?