Wyoming Liberty Group
Citizens United v. FEC, a Win for Fans of Free Speech
Much hullabaloo has been tossed about regarding the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which the Wyoming Liberty Group was proud to take part in. Several news reports of the case showcase countless fears abound about the end of American democracy as we know it because corporations might speak more.
When one takes the time to peel back this veneer of fear and loathing, we are left with little more than a small segment of people — incumbent politicians and an organized DC reform lobby — who are afraid to hear other people speak. This profound fear has spurred some to trick Americans into being scared of themselves. While Citizens United centered on whether government had the authority to ban a small non-profit from producing a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton, the implications of its holding go much further. An important part of the Court’s holding involves corporations and their ability to speak during elections. At first blush, this concept seems startling to some — visions of Exxon spending billions of dollars come into mind. Central to this is a great deal of fear and misunderstanding about what will really happen after Citizens United to our electoral process.