The future of American elections
US Elections after Citizens United Case
On Jan 21, 2010, the 5-4 Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporate funding of political campaigns cannot be restricted under the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech.
No other ruling has done more to erode democracy and ensure corporations have more control of the American democratic process. Now any candidate without large financial support, or personal wealth will not be able to compete in campaigns, which will ensure a small pool of corporate backed candidates representing the American people. An ABC news poll shows 80% of Americans oppose the Citizens Case ruling, and Republicans and Democrats condemned the Court's decision. President Obama, a former constitutional lawyer, stated, “"this ruling strikes at our democracy itself" and "I can't think of anything more devastating to the public interest".