A futile jab at Citizens United | Arkansas Blog

Monday, May 21, 2012

A futile jab at Citizens United

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a statement today that he'd joined 22 other a.g.s in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its Citizens United decision lifting federal restrictions on corporate campaign spending.

In an amicus brief, McDaniel said the decision in the Citizens United case should be revisited by the Court. The states shared with the Court concerns that unrestricted independent campaign expenditures may distort political races, promote corruption or require corporate shareholders to fund political communication that they oppose.

The filing was in a case on whether the same reasoning should supercede state and local law.

Well, good on McDaniel and Co. But it is known as pissing into the wind. Jeffrey Toobin just happens to have written a splendid article on how the dishonest Chief Justice John Roberts (he solemnly swore he believed in precedent until he joined the court and madly started tearing it down) manipulated the court into the most expansive and worst possible decision possible in Citizens United. Robert/Scalia/Thomas/Alito also believe in federalism except when states pass laws they don't like. THEN, they like federal supremacy.

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