“The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision last week giving American corporations the right to unlimited political spending was an astonishing display of judicial arrogance, overreach and unjustified activism,” columnist E.J. Dionne wrote. He scoffed at the court’s conclusion that a corporation, a creation of laws passed by governments, should be entitled to the same free-speech rights as an individual citizen. And he worried that corporate lobbyists will now be able to threaten lawmakers that if they don’t support a taxpayer bailout or particular tax exemption, they face millions of dollars in negative ads. And that applies to foreign-owned corporations, too. “Imagine what an enterprise owned or influenced by the Chinese or Russian governments might try to do to a politician who campaigns too ardently for human rights?” Dionne wrote.
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