Citizens United

Hating free speech is a McCain family tradition

By on 10.5.11 | 10:28AM

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, actually hired a lawyer to send a "cease and desist letter" to a blogger who had written (fairly obvious) parodies of her. And lo, this is the response she elicited from Christopher Scott Badeaux, an attorney representing the satirist (click through and read every word. It is the letter every wannabe attorney dreams of writing):

Of course, you also have no recourse against my client individually, as his actions were clearly a parody of your client, a well-known public political figure. This activity is protected by the First Amendment from state law suits, including false light invasion of privacy. See generally, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988), which is of course directly on point here. ...

My client will not be bullied out of exercising his First Amendment right to make clear his belief that your client is a spoiled, brainless twit who is cheapening the political discourse in this country.

More Citizens United Fallout

By on 10.19.10 | 11:39AM

The landmark case that overturned key components of McCain-Feingold -- namely, bans on campaign contributions by businesses and unions -- has been trickling down in challenges to similar state laws including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and yesterday, Montana. The Western Tradition Partnership (called "secretive" and "nasty" by the fair-and-balanced Associated Press) and two other small business plaintiffs challenged a 1912 state law that prohibited the financing of electoral campaigns by corporations:

District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of Helena tossed out the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act - a throwback to a time when the public rebelled with a voter-backed initiative against the "Copper Kings" and their hold on state politics. That law prohibited corporations from making independent political expenditures.

Constitutional Opinions

Money Business

By 9.11.09

Efforts to keep corporations and the wealthy from influencing politics will fail as long as the government hands out so many goodies.