This should be number one with a bullet in no time, as the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Free Speech overides limits on money in politics. Hurrah! Someone gets Free Speech right! Speech about candidates, issues, and elections must be free, and especially at election time. Take that McCain, take that Feingold — that’s got to smart.
Free speech rights take precedence over government restrictions on political advertising, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that opens the door for greater influence by interest groups in the closing days of an election.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court eased legal barriers aimed at corporate- and union-financed television ads, a decision whose tone suggests greater hostility on the court to federal limitations on money in politics.
The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that a Wisconsin anti- abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. The law unreasonably limits speech and violates the group’s First Amendment rights, the court said.