On Tuesday, vote against Pay-to-Play Politics.
If either incumbent Councilman Stewart Chen, D.C. or Bonta aide-de-camp Jim Oddie, or both, manages to get elected to Council next week, there are five men to whom they owe an enormous debt of gratitude.
Their names are Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito.
Recognize them? They’re the five Justices of the United States Supreme Court, all of them appointed by Republican presidents, who signed the majority opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the case in which the Court held it was unconstitutional to limit spending by political action committees on behalf of candidates.
Our friends on the left have denounced Citizens United as giving moneyed interests the ability to “buy elections” for conservative candidates. But two can play that game. And in Alameda they have – for the benefit of Dr. Chen and Mr. Oddie. And a down-and-dirty game it has become.
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