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The Left Hates Corporate Free Speech … Sometimes

Posted on February 14 2010 4:45 pm
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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By: Clayton E. Cramer

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has produced a firestorm of upset, from Obama’s lamentable (and false) State of the Union comments to a number of furious emails I have received from liberals horrified that, you know, even corporations have First Amendment protection.

I recognize that there are potential negatives from corporate money flowing into the political arena — just like when labor unions, trade associations, and obscenely rich leftists like George Soros decide to influence the political process. But the danger isn’t what you might think. The money is not dangerous because special interests are directly buying votes. The real danger is that candidates who agree with the special interests (and therefore get contributions from them) have so much more money to spend than the candidates who might actually be looking out for the public good.

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