Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United Scores a Direct Hit on Obama Thuggery

A significant part of the rationale for the Supreme Court’s opinion has not yet been commented upon:  the current system not only permits closed-door lobbying on behalf of corporate or other interests; it permits those same corporations to be intimidated by “powerful politicians.”  The example used by Justice Kennedy seems to be speaking about one powerful politician in particular–President Barack Obama:

“When that phenomenon [heavy duty lobbying by large corporations] is coupled with §441b, the result is that smaller or nonprofit corporations cannot raise a voice to object when other corporations, including those with vast wealth, are cooperating with the Government.

“That cooperation maysometimes be voluntary, or it may be at the demand of a Government official who uses his or her authority, influence, and power to threaten corporations to support theGovernment’s policies. Those kinds of interactions are often unknown and unseen.

“When that phenomenon [heavy duty lobbying by special interests] is coupled with §441b, the result is that smaller or nonprofit corporations cannot raise a voice to object when other corporations, including those with vast wealth, are cooperating with the Government. [Emphasis added]

“That cooperation may sometimes be voluntary, or it may be at the demand of a Government official who uses his or her authority, influence, and power to threaten corporations to support the Government’s policies. Those kinds of interactions are often unknown and unseen. “

Maybe it’s just me, but this sounds like exactly what Obama did with secured creditors and other critics during the auto bail out/bankruptcy.

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