A little historical reminder for some people who may not remember
I've been hearing some chatter about Citizens United lately among progressives who seem to think that Hillary Clinton backed the law that gutted the campaign finance regulations that had been in place. There is a grave misunderstanding there that needs to be cleared up. Whatever you may think of Clinton the idea that she backed Citizens United is patently absurd.
Here's the Wikipedia entry on the case:
Hillary: The Movie is a 2008 political documentary about United States Senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It was produced by Citizens United. The film was scheduled to be offered as video-on-demand on cable TV right before the Democratic primaries in January 2008, but the federal government blocked it. The blocking of the film's airing was the subject of the court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The documentary interviewed various conservative figures such as Dick Morris and Ann Coulter and reviewed various scandals in which Hillary Clinton participated in, such as the White House travel office controversy, White House FBI files controversy, Whitewater controversy, and cattle future controversy.
In early 2008, the case, known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, was brought to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This court sided with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that Hillary: The Movie could not be shown on television right before the 2008 Democratic primaries under the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
The Supreme Court docketed this case on August 18, 2008, and heard oral arguments on March 24, 2009. A decision was expected sometime in the early summer months of 2009. However, on June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court issued an order directing the parties to re-argue the case on September 9 after issuing briefs on larger issues. The court ruled 5-4 in 2010 that spending limits in the McCain-Feingold act were unconstitutional, allowing essentially unlimited contributions by corporations and unions to political action committees.Here's a thing I wrote about the background of this for Salon a while back:
People need to be clear about the forces at work in our politics if they want to be serious about politics. Everyone is perfectly entitled to have their opinion one way or the other about Clinton and Sanders, but unless you subscribe to a conspiracy theory so baroque that it has Clinton working with right wing operatives to set up a hit on herself in order to allow more money into politics, the idea that she was behind Citizens United doesn't make a lot of sense.