Thursday, April 29, 2010

‘The “Devastating” Decision’: An Exchange

Floyd Abrams responds to Ronald Dworkin on 'Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission',
One would hardly suspect from Dworkin’s accusations that President Harry S. Truman had vetoed the very section of the Taft-Hartley law in 1947 that first banned corporate and union independent expenditures during election campaigns on the ground that the bill posed a “dangerous intrusion on free speech.”
with a reply by Mr. Dworkin,
the Taft-Hartley Act’s prohibitions were global—President Harry Truman, in his veto message, said that the act “might even prevent the League of Women Voters—which is incorporated—from using its funds to inform its members about the record of a political candidate.” The McCain-Feingold Act that the five conservatives declared unconstitutional banned only electioneering on television and only for sixty days before an election.
The New York Review of Books, April 29, 2010