Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) issued the following statement concerning the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee, which overturned the long-standing ban on corporate contributions to federal election campaigns.
"It is clear that all elements of The Establishment are under attack from populism. The results in Massachusetts were not so much the victory of any political party, but another wave of populism rising against what voters perceived as the entrenched establishment."
"Yesterday, the Supreme Court majority discarded their judicial robes and donned their political pinstripes to give the establishment the power to fight back --They effectively armed the Death Star so that the Empire can strike back."
"I am not saying that five members of the Supreme Court self-consciously and conspiratorially decided to shred campaign finance reform laws in order to protect the establishment from the growing wave of populism. But they were willing to become judicial activists and overrule 100 years of Supreme Court precedents, in order to give corporate America the propaganda tools necessary to put out the fire of populism."