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Sheldon Whitehouse
Citizens United II
Citizens United II

"While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics." That penultimate sentence in now-retired Justice John Paul Stevens' brilliant dissent in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission proved extraordinarily prescient. Whatever fears he and others might have had that theU.S. Supreme Court ruling would open the floodgates of unregulated corporate expenditures on political campaigns were more than justified. Since that shocking decision two years ago, the public has witnessed the rise of the "Super PAC" and the creation of yet another avenue for the...