Thursday, January 21, 2010

Campaign Finance Limits -- Killed

The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned a law that keeps corporations from using money to pay for campaign ads.  NYTimes story here.  Pdf of decision here.

Why connect this to a blog about political knowledge and what people know?

As I've discussed a length, as people flee news in a preference for more entertaining fare, it becomes more difficult to inform them of the issues of the day, or those in a political campaign.  Advertising, therefore, becomes even more important in "informing" voters, and now with this decision, corporations can flood the airwaves with advertising to swing elections.  A more misinformed voter is certain to emerge.  The Supreme Court's take may be legally correct here, but the outcome is not going to be as pretty as one might hope.

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