This story didn’t get much press yesterday—probably because the nerdlingers were too a’flutter over the Supreme Court decision forbidding California from banning the sale of “violent” videogames to minors—but there was actually a second, and far more important SCOTUS decision handed down yesterday.
In an utterly unsurprising, but still insanely infuriating, 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s public campaign finance law. Crooks and Liars has a good write-up of the decision, but the gist of it is that the part of the law that provided additional public funds to candidates who are being massively outspent by corporate funding was deemed unconstitutional.
Again, it’s completely unsurprising that the “logic” used by the Robert’s led majority was that public funds infringe on the “free speech” of corporations. I honestly would not be shocked to see these fuck-heads declare that corporations can just flat-out buy elected officials at auction.
Of course it comes as no surprise to discover the two major players in this case: the Institute for Justice and The Goldwater Institute are heavily financed by the Koch Brothers and the Walton Foundation (Wal-Mart).
At this point, I think the only sane thing for a person to do is register themselves as a corporation too. Apparently our natural existence is no match for the legal fiction.