U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Will Affect NC Elections

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving business and unions more ability to influence federal elections also stands to increase their sway in North Carolina for state and legislative elections.

The nation's highest court ruled Thursday in a split decision corporations and unions can't be barred from using money from their coffers to produce and run their own campaign ads.

North Carolina has a similar law that State Board of Elections executive director Gary Bartlett said now appears unenforceable. Bartlett said the decision likely means more business and union groups will use their own money to support or oppose candidates.

Damon Circosta with the North Carolina Center for Voter Education said he hopes the ruling will build interest in the Legislature for expanding publicly financed campaigns.


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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 23, 2010 at 07:55 PM
    NS or Numb Scull, your words "one group could control the beliefs of others, we have forgotten what the purpose of government is -that is neither to support nor oppose religions. cont." You Make No Sense. No Sense Numb Scull. all you're doing is rejecting to believe in God. that's your choice and no one is making you believe up here. don't try to speak for the 84% of people in America who believe in God. Proverbs 3:5-8 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. You obviously have been leaning to your own understanding and don't trust the Lord God. You're just on your own and it saddens me to see that. God sent his son Jesus to die for our sins because he loves us and you just reject him, for what? There's only ONE mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ. Islam & all other religions are from satan.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Question:What is to stop foreign countries from setting up "trojan horse" corporations here and becoming the real money behind our government? This scares me.
  • by Sad but True on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:32 AM
    Soon Washington will be full of "hot dog" like vendors. I can see it now.... Politicians for sale, politicians for sale.... Get your fresh hot politicians right here.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    Thomas Jefferson warned us: "The lefitimate powers of government tend to such acts as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neigher picks my pocket nor breaks my leg". Government is to take care of our physical needs. So, while the powerful corporations instigated riffs and we recame embroiled in arguements which have nothing to do with government, they took over. Now, because we took our eyes off the "real" ball, they can buy and sell any of our lawmakers. Since they have weakened unions to the point of almost non-existence-welcome to the home of the United Corporations of America. Let's hope they treat us well because we will have no recourse if this isn't changed.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    While posts here have fought over scripture and who is right or wrong, and taken aim at administrations, the real threat to democracy and capitalism has won a major victory. Jame Madison said, "While we assert for ourselves the religion which we believe to be of a divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has conviced us". i.e. to have religious freedom, we must give it. By forgetting that and believing that one group could control the beliefs of others, we have forgotten what the purpose of government is -that is neither to support nor oppose religions. cont.
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