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Old 04-19-2013, 01:55 PM   #420

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Originally Posted by TonyR View Post
Just curiuos as to why despite your opinion on this it's been the law of the land since 1973. That's 40 years of something indefensible being the law. Is the Supreme Court not "sane and rational"?

The majority argued that the First Amendment protects associations of individuals in addition to individual speakers, and further that the First Amendment does not allow prohibitions of speech based on the identity of the speaker. Corporations, as associations of individuals, therefore have speech rights under the First Amendment. Because spending money is essential to disseminating speech, as established in Buckley v. Valeo, limiting a corporation's ability to spend money is unconstitutional because it limits the ability of its members to associate effectively and to speak on political issues.
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