US Supreme Court opens the doors to more corporate donations to influence political campaigns

01/21/10 Robert Lorei
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Businesses will now be able to spend millions of dollars to support or oppose candidates for president and for Congress.

Today's ruling from the Supreme Court tosses out parts of a law that has been on the books for more than 60 years. The justices say the restrictions amounted to censorship.

President Barack Obama is denouncing the ruling as a victory for powerful interests like Wall Street firms oil and health insurance companies.

Obama declared that his administration will work with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to come up with a "forceful response" to the high court's action.

We'll listen to a portion of a press conference that took place minutes ago with Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen; Scott Nelson, Public Citizen attorney and member of the legal team that represented four current and former lawmakers in Citizens United; Lisa Gilbert, democracy advocate, U.S. Public Interest Research Group; John Bonifaz, legal director, Voter Action.


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