Corporate Political Spending Leads To Political Inequality And Democratic Corruption

Corporate Political Spending Leads To Political Inequality And Democratic Corruption

Corporations are established through state law and, as such, should not be beyond democratic accountability. As the Supreme Court noted before its recent sharp turn towards campaign finance deregulation, corporations “receive from the State the special benefits conferred by the corporate structure and present the potential for distorting the political process.” When corporations are given a First Amendment right to flood the airwaves with their messages, they can overpower the voices of other citizens whose constitutional right to political speech deserves no less protection than those with greater financial resources. This undermines the political equality that gives our democratic government legitimacy. 

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