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The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision last week gave corporations the right to unlimited political spending. What effect do you think this will have on popular democracy in America?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (10259 points ) January 26th, 2010

Think of the coercion this can have upon our elected representatives. If a candidate supports issues that might hinder corporate profits, such as being against the bank bailout, or for taxes on foreign imports, consumer protection, environmental rules, or worker safeguards, healthcare reform, etc., they can now find themselves in a maelstrom of vicious ads costing tens of millions of dollars paid for by corporations, suffocating any ads that the candidate with limited campaign funding might put out in response.

Do we want foreign owned corporations, especially those owned by foreign governments, to exercise an undue influence in our politics? Imagine what an enterprise owned or influenced by the Chinese or Russian governments might try to do to a politician who campaigns too ardently for human rights?

Does this sound fair and democratic?

Do you believe that corporations should have more rights than individuals in the US?

Do you believe that this will benefit the individual citizen in any way?

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