Apparently the Citizens United ruling two years ago was not a big enough blow for democracy. The United States Supreme Court just ruled that Montana’s laws placing limits on campaign financing by corporations are unconstitutional, and they have been repealed. This opens the floodgates to corporations and unions being able to contribute as much as they please to any candidate they please, both on the local and national levels. Electioneering is here, and it has been ruled in by our highest court.
This ruling is a huge violation of both states’ rights and individual voting power. States no longer have the ability to decide who can donate how much to election candidates, so large interests are essentially able to influence elections without any oversight in their spending. Individuals will have a hard time getting their voices heard through the constant bombardment of TV, internet, and billboard ads, and so the most-used avenues of communication have been rendered ineffective to us.
So how do we, as private citizens, counter the force of practically unlimited spending? We can only counter it by working together. A march of thousands cannot be ignored, and the internet still allows us to communicate ideas freely via social networks. If you feel strongly about how democracy is changing in the U.S., do something about it.