Court quashes part of Minn.'s campaign finance law

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 9:50 AM

U.S. Appeals Court ruling sends the case back to a lower court.

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birdpeepSep. 5, 1210:37 PM

Why can't we go back to the way it was before where only public employee, tribes, and government worker unions and the left wing media such as the Red star ould influence elections?

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ironranger6Sep. 5, 1211:04 PM

remember the star and sickle always shows the democrat presidential candidate ahead by 12+ points every single election, and then miraculously the republican loses by only 3-5 percentage points..... if we had an honest media, not a single democrat would be elected ever again ..... lets hear it, you lying libs! You have ex-president Carter addressing the convention....the worst president in history helping the soon to be new worst president in history......have you libs forgotten that Clinton didn't let Carter get within 10 miles of him or the white house in all 8 years of Clintons presidency....why was that libs? what a bunch of LOSERS! I bet it was painful to suffer through labor day as the mail isn't delivered on Monday...your govt check was delayed.....how did you survive?

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EleanoreSep. 6, 12 7:15 AM

If the speech is in the public sector it is in pact public speech and there is no right of anominity in the public sector. What is wrong with judges today? Why is doing the right thing, the lawful thing, so difficult for them to see their way clear to?

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richard1673Sep. 6, 12 7:28 AM

I think Citizens United ruling by the Surprem Court seriously damages democracy, but it is the law. Whether you're a democrate or republican it will bite both in the backside. We need to find a case that will amend it which will require discloser of the contributors and the amount they it contribute, before the vote, so I (we) can know with whom I (we)spend my (our) money! While we are at it, if corporations are people, let them fill out a 1040, unfortunatly I don't know if that would be good or bad.

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roymercerSep. 6, 12 8:08 AM

This is the right ruling, especially if courts continue to compel union workers to forcibly send millions in dues to the Democratic Party.

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EleanoreSep. 6, 12 8:08 AM

Illegal laws like citizens united are destroying our nation. Here's another thing to ponder, if corporations are individuals, then they are subject to the individual mandate of the ACA and since as such they physically can't enrol for themselves in an approved plan, since they (the corporation)cannot receive physical medical care, I'd like to see the maximum tax penalty be levied against these individuals until the citizens united ruling is wisely negated by a future more constitutionally compliant ruling.

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marathongirlSep. 6, 12 8:25 AM

Citizens United was the worst mistake the supreme court made. Companies are NOT people, nor are unions, and other groups now protected. However, considering individuals are limited to how much they can spend on donations, why aren't corporations prevented?

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EleanoreSep. 6, 1210:03 AM

Public speech entails no right of anonyimity whatsoever. This decision is unsupportable constitutionally.

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gjacobSep. 6, 12 3:21 PM

How about a constitutional ammendment that corporations are not people? Free speech for an entity? Now that's amusing.

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gjbaustianSep. 6, 12 8:51 PM

This article provides clarification that I did't get from other news reports. The ruling is not that far-reaching; it just says there's no need to file reports if there's been no activity. So these political committees still have to file reports, just not as many of them. As for Citizens United, I am constantly amazed by the number of people who think Congress should make laws limiting free speech. The First Amendment was not intended to protect our right to enjoy pornography, or strip clubs, or flag burning. It was intended, firstly, to protect religious expression, and then expanded to protect all other speech of a political nature.

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