WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will cut short its summer break in early September to hear a new argument in a momentous case that could transform the way political campaigns are conducted.
The case, which arises from a minor political documentary called “Hillary: The Movie,” seemed an oddity when it was first argued in March. Just six months later, it has turned into a juggernaut with the potential to shatter a century-long understanding about the government’s ability to bar corporations from spending money to support political candidates.
The case has also deepened a profound split among liberals, dividing those who view government regulation of political speech as an affront to the First Amendment from those who believe that unlimited corporate campaign spending is a threat to democracy.
At issue is whether the court should overrule a 1990 decision, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which upheld restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose political candidates. Re-arguments in the Supreme Court are rare, and the justices’ decision to call for one here may have been prompted by lingering questions about just how far campaign finance laws, including McCain-Feingold, may go in regulating campaign spending by corporations.
The argument, scheduled for Sept. 9, comes at a crucial historical moment, as corporations today almost certainly have more to gain or fear from government action than at any time since the New Deal. (The New York Times)
Argomento scottante a tutte le latitudini e in tutte le grandi democrazie del mondo. Il documentario “Hillary: The Movie” ripropone il tema negli Stati Uniti, quando il 9 settembre la Corte Suprema è chiamata a pronunciarsi di nuovo. Il finanziamento illimitato da parte delle corporations, i discorsi della campagna elettorale, il primo emendamento. Neppure la campagna Obama andò esente da critiche per aver spremuto tanti più soldi, grazie alla Silicon Valley, quanti se ne possano fare con il finanziamento pubblico, tanto da farlo apparire obsoleto. Che la politica sia roba da ricchi lo sanno anche i bambini, il confine tra lecito e illecito invece…