Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sandra Day O'Connor Criticizes Campaign Finance Ruling

The Supreme Court's recent odious campaign finance ruling (Citizens United, 2010) reversed a major campaign finance decision written by Sandra Day O'Connor (McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, 2003).

What made the horrendous Citizen's United ruling possible was O'Connor's replacement with Alito.

"Gosh,” [O'Connor said], “I step away for a couple of years and there’s no telling what’s going to happen.”

Sandra Day O'Connor warns that the High Court's ruling poses a threat to judicial independence. O'Connor was already working on the cause of judicial independence. With this ruling, that cause is pretty well dead.

"Many years ago, we observed that '[t]o say that Congress is without power to pass appropriate legislation to election from the improper use of money to influence the result is to deny the nation in a vital particular the power of self protection."
Justices O'Connor & Stevens,
McConnell v. Federal Election Commission