It has been a little over two years since the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, gave us Citizens United. This decision held that, for purposes of freedom of speech, corporations are deemed to be “persons” and that the limitation on political contributions provided for in the McCain-Feingold legislation was unconstitutional.
This decision has been described by many, including our congressman, Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), as one of the worst ever. Schiff called the decision a “disaster for the political process.” He stated: “Sadly, our fears about the decision have become fully realized as anonymous donors pollute the electoral system with potentially hundreds of millions in undisclosed spending” (“Occupy group protests Citizens United decision,” Jan. 22).
Because the decision was decided on Constitutional grounds, the only way to reverse the result is by constitutional amendment. This process starts with Congressional action.