Alito “Not True” and Obama – which side are you on? Supreme court justice Alito said “Not True” when Obama publicly criticized a recent Supreme Court decision that expands corporate spending for campaigns.Â Obama claims that the recent legislation will open up the flood gates for potential problems with special interest groups.
Some also fear that the legislation will allow foreign companies to influence the American people.Â It’s important to note, however, that the legislation does not allow corporations to spend unlimited funds on the campaigns of candidates.
Some are outraged that the Justice would allow himself to utter these words visibly while the President was making his speech.Â The incident is conflicting to many Americans who do not follow politics on a day to day basis.
So which side are you on? In order to make an educated decision, it’s important to look at both sides.Â First, let’s look at Alito’s side.
A New York Times blog states that “The law that Congress enacted in the populist days of the early 20th century prohibited direct corporate contributions to political campaigns. That law was not at issue in the Citizens United case, and is still on the books. Rather, the court struck down a more complicated statute that barred corporations and unions from spending money directly from their treasuries — as opposed to their political action committees — on television advertising to urge a vote for or against a federal candidate in the period immediately before the election.”
Now, let’s look at President Obama’s side.Â He said that the Court “reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.”
As always, things are more complex than they seem.Â Law and politics are two very difficult things to understand.Â Who do you side with – Alito or Obama?