Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis: Et Tu, ACLU?





[Attorney Bob Fitrakis & Historian Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection. Bob's Fitrakis Files are at www.freepress.org, where this article first appeared. Harvey's History of the US is at www.harveywasserman.com.]

The Supreme Court's atrocious Citizen's United green light for unlimited corporate campaign spending had a willing accomplice---the American Civil Liberties Union.

Why?

As long-time supporters, we are horrified by the ACLU's betrayal of political reality and plain common sense.

Standing proudly with the victorious corporate hacks on the steps of the SCOTUS was none other than the legendary First Amendment crusader Floyd Abrams....

But perhaps the organization has confused those valid First Amendment cases with a Citizen's United decision perpetrated by the most virulent judicial opponents of individual speech in the history of the Court. In reference to this case the ACLU says it "has consistently taken the position that section 203 is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment because it permits the suppression of core political speech, and our amicus brief takes that position again."

We respectfully---but vehemently---disagree. Simply put: money is not speech, corporations are not people....

The moneyed power of these corporations and their access to the First Amendment through the myth of "personhood" has been the ultimate pox on American politics since the 1880s....

We are confident the activist community can survive this latest assault on democracy. It will not be easy, but it can be done.

A good first step would be for the ACLU to face reality and now oppose the false claims anti-human money machines have made on our sacred Bill of Rights.


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