The Supreme Court of the United States just managed to make their Citizens United decision worse. We have Anthony Kennedy to thank for both.
By a vote of 5-4 today, SCOTUS ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that anonymous campaign donations need no limits.
From Reuters: "The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of campaign finance law by allowing wealthy donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish. On a 5-4 vote, the court struck down the overall limits on how much individuals can donate during the federal two-year election cycle.
Before the ruling, donors could not exceed a $123,200 overall limit during the two-year period. The ruling allows donors to contribute nearly $6 million in the same period, according to public advocacy groups.
Wednesday's Supreme Court decision is the latest in a series of rulings by the conservative-led court to give big-money donors more influence in U.S. elections."
This ruling is repugnant. The Court apparently doesn't give a damn Congress has ignored their request for a disclosure mandate. And now "free speech" apparently also includes flooding campaigns at every level with as much dark, unaccountable money as desired.
So now what we have is unlimited, anonymous political contributions. Elections can be bought wholesale, and we don't even have the benefit of being allowed to know who the hell is buying them.
Of course these anonymous donors don't want the general public knowing who they are because they represent a Who's Who of Fortune 500 companies: The ones who sell name brand American products we use every day.
They don't want the general public knowing how shady and underhanded they are, infecting our political process with huge sums of cash, systematically destroying our democracy to advance their own profiteering and keeping politicians at every level deep in their pockets.
We're losing our democratic republic and being turned into a plutocratic oligarchy, every billionaire his own sovereign.