The Buying of the Presidency

Justice Kennedy’s Political Casino – Francis Wilkinson


The 2016 presidential campaign is unfolding in Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s world.

Kennedy’s majority opinion in Citizens United, the court’s 2010 ruling on campaign finance, gave corporations, unions and billionaires more leeway in their political spending habits. And while the decision is sometimes credited, or blamed, for more impact than it actually delivered, there’s no question that big money has been running wild and free ever since it was decided.

In his decision, Kennedy pointed out why a previous court ruling, Austin, should be overturned and supplanted even in the face of stare decisis, the principle that precedent guides the court.

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