Portal:Corporate Rights/Selected biography
The new Solicitor General of the United States, Elena Kagen, who argued in favor of the constitutionality of limiting the amount of money corporations can spend in elections on behalf of the Obama Administration, noted that injecting unlimited corporate profits into elections is:
- "inherently likely to corrode the political system, both by actually corrupting public office holders and by creating the appearance of corruption."
In response to the way the activist judges on the Supreme Court were leaning in oral arguments in the Citizens United case, Senator Russell Feingold stated:
- "The idea that in the era of AIG and Exxon, we would allow corporate treasuries to destroy the political process, it seems like a very bizarre time to consider that."
In fact, the ban on corporations using their vast treasuries to corrupt elections is America's longest standing law limiting spending in federal elections, passed in 1907 over 100 years ago.