Media continues to try to form public opinion on Freedom of Speech as defined by the Supreme Court in its 5-4 decision in Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission, which excluded independent spending limits on corporations and unions for political elections up to election day, calling it a constitutionally protected form of political speech.
Excerpts from Rockford RegisterStar:
More than 8 in 10 Americans in a poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center support limits on the amount of money given to groups that are trying to influence U.S. elections.
“Corporate donations, I think that is one of the biggest problems today,” said Walter L. Cox Sr., 86, of Cleveland. “They are buying the White House. They are buying public office.”
Cox, a Democrat, was one of many people in the poll who do not, in spite of the high court ruling, think corporate and union campaign spending should be unlimited.
Think Mr. Cox feels the same about union contributions? Are unions buying public office Mr. Cox, despite 40% of their membership not agreeing with the union leader’s choice? We will never know because he wasn’t asked that question by the pollsters.
Many pollsters, try to influence the results of their poll by asking the question in a way guaranteed to give the desired opinion. Do you think the form of this poll question asked by AP and NCC influenced the outcome?
Do you think there should or should not be limits on the amount of money corporations, unions and other organizations can contribute to outside organizations trying to influence campaigns for President, Senate and U.S. House?
Emphasis added to show suspected phrase in poll question. This is why polls are becoming suspect.
National Public Radio, another liberal leaning organization thinks that the ruling has helped Republicans more because of corporation donations. No mention again of unions, which enjoy the same limits. What happened to the Obama express of a $1Billion dollar presidential campaign?
Liberals want restrictions on the first amendment, as long as it doesn’t affect their beliefs or organizations. Can’t let the American people have the choice to contribute to whom they wish – unions don’t want to give their members that choice either!
What about the thousands of jobs created by election campaigns all over the country – advertising, printers, graphic designers, market and political strategists - just to name of few?
Mr. President, just think of the campaign worker’s jobs that you could take credit for in your “saved jobs” total, due to your $800B stimulus program - many union jobs too!