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Unions Get A Free Pass in Democrat Effort to Restrict Free Speech
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a “landmark” decision that overturned a ban on certain “electioneering communications” by corporations and unions within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days before a general election. The prohibition, included in the 2002 campaign finance reform bill, undermined the basic principle that associations of private citizens have the right to voice support and opposition for their elected representatives.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said it was his belief that the Supreme Court ruling “will open the floodgates for special interests…to spend without limit in our elections.” The president continued: “I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”
In light of the president’s sharp criticism, the American people might find it interesting that the Democrats chose to treat a certain “special interest” more favorably by including a carve out for labor unions:
It is now well-documented that a disturbing culture of union favoritism has come to dominate the federal government. Even more disturbing is when such favoritism applies the First Amendment to some citizens and not others.
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