Supreme Court ruling is a win for free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday ruled campaign donors can contribute to as many candidates and political action committees as they want, without limits on the total amount they contribute. The restriction is that existing limits on contributions to individual campaigns and PACs must be followed.

As one might expect in such a contentious issue as campaign finance, the court was split along idealogical lines, with the conservative majority coming away with the 5-4 win.

That decision, as outlined in an Associated Press article on page 5A of today’s Daily Mining Gazette, erases the previous overall limit of $123,2000 and allows wealthy contributors to pour millions into candidate and party campaigns.

In 2010 the High Court ruled in the case of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations or unions.

In Wednesday’s ruling the Court, once again, cited First Amendments concerns.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that individual limits, intrude on a person’s ability to exercise “the most fundamental First Amendment activities.”

Justice Clarence Thomas went even further stating the court should do away with all contribution limits.

Not surprisingly, the liberals on the court disagreed, with Justice Stephen Bryer writing that conservatives have “eviscerated” campaign finance laws.

We agree with the conservative majority and are puzzled but certainly not shocked by the liberal response.

Isn’t it the left that routinely espouses concerns over individual freedom? Freedom of choice. Freedom to marry whomever they choose.

Yet, the liberal members of the Supreme Court don’t want to give us the freedom to spend our own money in a manner we see fit.

We trust in the integrity of voters. We don’t believe whoever spends the most money automoatically wins. The last presidential race proved that.

Freedom of speech is one of our most precious liberties. It applies to what we say in an open forum, it applies to how we interact with our government and now, thanks to the Supreme Court, freedom of speech applies to how we spend our money on political campaigns.