Supreme Court: Freedom of Speech = ‘Money Talks!’

Supreme Court: Freedom of Speech -- Money Talks!

In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that money is speech, so the Constitution means rich guys can shout loud and long enough to drown out their political opponents. Why wouldn’t the Roberts Court justices claim money is speech? After all, they ruled that corporations are people.


“Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap,” Adam Liptak, New York Times 

“Supreme court strikes down cap on overall campaign contributions,” Dan Roberts, The Guardian

Supreme Court Defends Wealthy’s Right to Own Government,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

“Money in politics: Sky’s the limit,” The Economist

“The American Government is Open for Corruption,” Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

“Dirty secret behind McCutcheon: Why everyone’s getting the ‘winners and losers’ wrong,” Jim Newell, Salon

“Polls Show Broad Support for Campaign Spending Caps,” Megan Thee-Brenan, New York Times

“The John Roberts Project,” Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker


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Image (“Freedom of Speech: Money Talks!, after Norman Rockwell”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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