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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that there can be no limits on how much corporations or unions may spend to directly support or oppose political positions. Corporations and unions, the Court said, should have the same right to free speech as individuals.
The Courier-Journal doesn't like this ruling for perhaps the same reason other Democrats don't like it. The corporations that tend to get involved in politics are privately held companies, the majority of which are run by Republican CEOs with an ideological agenda. And because of that, major Republican PACs outraised their Democratic rivals by nearly 4-to-1 last year.
Democrats claim to oppose this on ideological grounds but I think the truth is, since they can't raise funds at this level, they, like either party, strongly oppose any ruling that doesn't work in their favor.
Now, other than proudly being a newspaper by Democrats, for Democrats, and therefore supporting all things Democrat, I wonder what other motivations the Courier Journal may have in opposing the Supreme Court ruling. Maybe the Courier believes that other voices in the political process threaten their one time monopoly in influencing elections around here. Maybe they believe the only large corporations that should be heard from in the political debate are those that own newspapers. I don't know.
But I do know…I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.