The Supreme Court faces a credibility crisis. This crisis intensifies after nearly $100 million in anonymous funding—known as “dark money”—entered the confirmation fights of the last three justices. At the same time, the country faces a dark-money crisis as anonymous influence spreads malicious disinformation and corrupts and disrupts our politics. And now a case before the court could lock in dark money influence as a constitutional right.
Big donors have reason to smile. The Republican majority’s binge of 80 partisan 5-4 decisions provided them big victories. The worst was Citizens United v. FEC, which launched unlimited money into our elections and opened the gateway to unlimited dark money. Special interests with unlimited money to spend took no time at all figuring out how to spend it anonymously, hence the dark money “tsunami of slime” sloshing through our politics.
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