Saturday, March 19, 2016

How Social Media Nullified Citizens United - by By Michael Bargo, Jr.

When the Supreme Court ruled in the 2010 Citizens United case that political action committees -- as well as unions -- could be organized and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for a particular policy or political candidate, it was widely believed -- and still is believed by some living in the past -- that the average person would no longer have a voice, that millionaires and billionaires would seize control of the U.S. government, and by consequence the American way of life.

It turns out that big money does not control politics anymore………..

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Citizens United was seen as a revolutionary ruling because it enabled small groups of people with huge amounts of capital to control, it was expected, access to message channels. But with the introduction of Facebook and Twitter on the Internet, messaging is no longer under the control of a few. Social media has freed the First Amendment to be used by everyone. But more importantly, it provides everyone access to everyone else without cost. This has nullified the influence of money and the PACs that were considered a threat to the electoral process

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