Court Rules Wealthy Donors Have First Amendment Right to Bribe Candidates

AP: “In the latest in a series of rulings stemming from the ‘John Doe’ campaign finance investigation in Wisconsin, a federal district judge has ruled that individuals have a constitutional right to spend unlimited sums in coordination with a candidates in exchange for the candidate’s express agreement to take official action. ‘While bribery laws prevent such quid pro quo exchanges,’ the court wrote in an 11-page opinion, ‘such laws violate the First Amendment when they prevent an individual from using money to influence official action. This is the logical endpoint of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.”

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