Thank you, Justice Kennedy, Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia. Thanks to their majority opinion in last year’s ruling on campaign finance rules, money talks a la free speech. Unfortunately, this kind of money talks and monied vote buying has ushered in a new era in which elections can be influenced if not outright bought by the side (or players) with the most money. We the people do not know where all of this money comes from, but we certainly see the effects of it through shadowy smear campaigns by pretty-named political groups. Unfortunately, accountability was thrown out with the proverbial baby and the bathwater, because these groups have an arsenal of loopholes and protections that allow them to get away with villainous exploitation of the political process through sensationalism. You have probably witnessed the results of this in last year’s midterm elections, but I wanted to share a link to a Bloomberg story that I saw shared on Facebook today. It charts the source and development of the problem since the ruling: Secret Donors Multiply in U.S. Election Spending – Bloomberg.
Jason W. Ellis
I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications. View all posts by Jason W. Ellis