America is facing a “dark money” crisis & the Supreme Court is about to make it worse

Joe Biden must “pack the court”

Thom Hartmann
4 min readJan 19, 2021
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Thanks to Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, the Supreme Court has become a menace, and only Congress and President Biden can fix it.

In 2010 conservatives on the Supreme Court, over the loud and clear objections of members of the moderate and liberal minority, doubled down on earlier suggestions that corporations are not “dead and soulless creations of the law,” as one of America’s first Supreme Court justices called them, but actually “persons” and, as such, have access to those rights we find in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Today’s Supreme Court just chose to hear a new case that may radically expand those “corporate rights” by letting corporations conceal the people funding their actions in the political sphere.

Back in 1907, to stop the Robber Barons of the day from using their massive corporate resources to corrupt politics, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt pushed the Tillman Act through Congress, which made it a federal crime for any corporation to give any kind of money or other support to any candidate for federal office.

It stood for more than a half a century before conservatives on the Supreme Court with their “corporations…



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