The 2014 mid-term elections are over. The politicians and their respective staffs who won are claiming the spoils of victory and those who lost are licking their wounds and searching for answers. Why did the losers lose and the winners win?
Well, Citizen United v Federal Election Commission is a reasonable contemporary place to start looking at the 2014 election results. The case was filed in 2008; argued in 2009; and ruled on in 2010 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The 5-4 decision says “Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, they may seek to persuade the voting public through other means, including ads, especially where these ads were not broadcast.” SCOTUSblog
But the Supreme Court was not finished. They took aim at the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and on June 25, 2013 in another ideologically divided 5-4 decision the court in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act and opened the flood gates to some of the most egregious voter suppression laws since Jim Crow “ended”. http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/shelby-county-v-holder/