Because freedom can't protect itself
Can anyone here tell me where I can get information about contributions to county, superior, and supreme court judges in Pennsylvania? If so, please email your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
I'm surprised to see this posting by an ACLU affiliate/chapter, as the ACLU has long understood the dangers of restricting the money spent by individuals in political campaigns.
Your closing comment says it best, that this ruling will have a chilling effect on free speech: "If persons or interests know they cannot expect a return on their investment when dumping millions into a judicial campaign, they very well may stop doing it altogether. One can only hope."
The Supreme Court's ruling will potentially chill independent political speech not just by discouraging speakers who wish to do what Don Blankenship did (spending a lot of his own money criticizing a candidate), but because there is so little to guide future speakers who's details differ slightly that they will be chilled as well.
Imagine the state AFL-CIO running ads supporting a judicial candidate - would a winning candidate then have to recuse themselves from any case involving any of the 550 affilated members of the WV AFL-CIO? Maybe, maybe not - but if you're the WV AFL-CIO, are you willing to take the chance that a judge you think would be favorable to your interests is going to be disqualified if you speak out? Such uncertainty and potential negative consequences for speaking out only chills speech, something the First Amendment should not permit.
Center for Competitive Politics
Let's ask the question another way:
If a judge doesn't make any comments that demonstrate bias; has no financial interest in the case; and has not violated any canon of judicial ethics, should the judge be required to recuse himself because of the actions of a third party, when the judge did not request those actions, has never met the person who took those actions, and had no ability to stop or prevent those actions from occurring, and if so, should this duty to recuse rise to the level of a constitutional obligation?
I think you were smart not to rehash all the facts, because the more you look at the facts, the more problematic the Supreme Court majority opinion becomes.
I have a question. It's off topic but I was wondering if the ACLU or anyone else would know.
The FTC has announced they are going to regulate blogging. They are concerned that some bloggers are getting paid for endorsing products without disclosing such compensation.
My question is :
Is blogging a free speech issue and should bloggers be given the same rights as print and radio journalists, given that we comment on similar issues ?
I've only seen one case on blogging where an agency in Rhode Island tried to stop a blog from posting in a child custody case. It was supposed to go to the Supreme Court, but I never heard the outcome.
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