What is the future of political speech and Citizens United?
After the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a Montana campaign finance law prohibiting corporations from participating in elections, many are wondering what the future of the Citizens United case law and the First Amendment may be. George Will probably said it best while recently discussing the concept of “super PACs”:
This kind of pretense or charade is what you get when you get into the business of regulating political speech in a country with the First Amendment. If we would just deregulate political speech — let anyone give anything they want to anyone, call it freedom,” what a concept, and we wouldn’t have all these pretenses.
It still boggles my mind that anyone would oppose the rights of individuals, either acting alone or as a group formed out of some common interest, to express their opinion on an issue or against a certain politician. Of course, there are populists that are always going to oppose anything corporations do and aren’t going to be willing to listen to reason. But the sad fact is that there is now talk of undoing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United through a constitutional amendment.
In a new video from the Cato Institute, John Samples and Caleb Brown discussed Citizens United and the First Amendment and what we can expect in the future as the push to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling heats up: