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afisher2013 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM via web

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Argue that states should not be allowed to decide for themselves whether corporate campaign spending is protected free speech.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The main argument for this point of view is that all Americans are entitled to certain fundamental rights.  We do not have different rights based on where we happen to live.  We would never dream of allowing the government of one state, for example, to outlaw a certain religious group.  With this in mind, we can argue, it is unthinkable to allow state governments to decide for themselves on corporate campaign contributions.  These contributions are clearly a form of speech.  Therefore, all Americans should have the same level of rights in this regard and states should not be allowed to have their own rules on the subject.

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