New York Times Editorial Page

The corrupting influence of money is not limited to bribery —

the broader problem is the ability of moneyed interests to put into office those who support their political agendas or financial interests.

Free speech? Expensive megaphone.

In Citizens United, Justice Kennedy cited James Madison in The Federalist in noting that “factions” in American democracy can be “checked” by ensuring that all of them can speak freely and “by entrusting the people to judge what is true and what is false.”

But when outside spending is unlimited,and political speech depends heavily on

access to costly technology and ads,the wealthy can 

DISTORT

this fundamental element of democracy

by drowning out those who lack financial resources.

Voters are left to judge well-financed spinrather than truth and falsehood. Super PACs demonstrate that almost daily.

Until [the Citizens United decision in] 2010, the court wisely held that these effects were a form of corruption in politics.

–New York Times editorial, When Other Voices Are Drowned Out , March 2012

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