The “mere possibility that judges’ decisions might be motivated by the desire to repay campaign contributions” will undermine public faith in our courts.” ~ Chief Justice Roberts, April 29, 2015, Williams-Yulee opinion:
Exactly. So Overturn Citizens United, so we don’t undermine public faith in the rest of our elected government. Why the double standard? Well…
“Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot.” ~ Chief Justice John Roberts, same ruling.
By what measure, Mr. Chief Justice? To compete in the PA Supreme Court 2015 race…JUST THE PRIMARY…is a half a million dollars, according to both Dems and GOP going in. All competitive candidates have exceeded that, or gotten very close. Look at the endorsements for that race. They fall lockstep along party ideology for both Dem and GOP candidates. I can’t imagine an endorsement falling another way, by definition of endorsement.
There is no case that has come out of SCOTUS along party lines that one could imagine coming out the other way, if the party representation were reversed. Sounds like Congress, and POTUS. And we don’t seem to trust them with for-profit campaign cash either:
“But voters, regardless of party affiliation, continue to question the honesty of Congress. Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution, although this is down slightly from past surveying. Just 16% disagree. Twenty-six percent (26%) are undecided.” ~ Rasmussen, March 31, 2015
Most support public finance of elections, and 80% would limit private financing. But most don’t count, if we ever truly did.