The Decision The U.S. Supreme Court released its landmark opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on Jan. 21, ruling that corporations and unions have the same free speech rights as individuals when it comes to political spending. This decision overturned several campaign finance laws and unleashed a wave of controversy and debate.
Democrats and liberals freaked out 13 years ago when the Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, ruled that corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts of money in support of political candidates. They argued that this would allow wealthy donors to exert undue influence over the political process, drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens.
If you're worried about the state of the nation and Ohio, welcome to the club. For at least a decade, a number of troubling signs have been observed, with the influence of money in politics being one of the most concerning. The Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission only exacerbated this issue, as the influence of wealthy campaign donors has been growing ever since.