Supreme Court ruling: ‘it’s hard to overestimate the impact’

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizaa says “it’s hard to overestimate the impact that the Supreme Court’s reversal of a two-decade-old ban on corporate independent expenditures in campaigns will have on the political landscape in 2010 and beyond,” noting that the ruling “will allow corporations as well as labor unions to spend freely on television ads — and other forms of direct advocacy — for or against a candidate’s election. The Court also overturned a prohibition on corporations and labor unions running so-called ‘issue’ ads — commercials that do not expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate — in the final weeks of a campaign.”

Supreme Court ruling: ‘it’s hard to overestimate the impact’