'Money is Speech' Was Never Spoken
A 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance has created a slippery slope.
I f — or when — the Roberts Court in the next couple of years strikes down the last remaining Watergate era campaign finance laws, the question will shift to who is the blame? It will be easy for liberals to say it was the conservatives, especially those on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Republicans, or even the Koch brothers. But the reality is that the seeds of campaign finance reform's demise lie in the very case that started it all – Buckley v. Valeo, a case testing the constitutionality of political contribution and expenditure limits.