The Supreme Court and Corporate ‘Free Speech’

July 7, 2010  |  

(Time) — When the Supreme Court ended its term last week, its ruling extending gun rights was the big news. But the real headline of the term was the court’s decision earlier this year giving corporations and unions sweeping new rights to spend money to elect candidates to office. It is not an overstatement to say that the 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which was handed down in January, could permanently change American democracy.

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