NAACP Outraged by Supreme Court’s Decision on Unlimited Corporate SpendingJune 26, 2012
(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP has released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Montana’s longstanding state law restricting corporate funding in elections without hearing oral arguments:
“The Supreme Court has salted the wounds of our electoral process by allowing unfettered corporate political spending in federal, state, local and judicial elections,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “It is unacceptable that, without hearing an oral argument, the court overturned decades of settled campaign finance law.”
“As the last several months have revealed, Citizens United has opened the floodgates for millionaires and billionaires, often under the cloak of anonymity, to unfairly shape our nation’s political contests,” stated Jealous. “With 72 percent of spending by outside groups on political ads in 2010 coming from groups prohibited from doing so in 2006, this decision puts our nation further down the wrong path.”
A link to the Supreme Court opinion can be found here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.