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New Ways to Make Money Talk in Campaign Finance Disclosure: View

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority decision last year in Citizens United, which allowed corporations to contribute unlimited sums toward electioneering, was controversial. But the court’s vision of campaign finance disclosure, which was endorsed by every justice except Clarence Thomas, was not.

The court’s call for full disclosure of political contributions is supported by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress. In the past, it had been openly embraced by Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Unfortunately, it still bears no relationship to the current reality of American politics.