The Supreme Court kicked open the door to 100% taxpayer-funded political campaigns, when justices refused to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling upholding Seattle’s “democracy voucher” scheme to fund politicians with tax dollars.

Under Seattle’s system, a citizen can register with the government to receive $100 “vouchers” they can use to support political candidates. The scheme is intended to allow radical candidates, like socialists, to fatten their bank accounts with tax dollars taken from people who don’t want them elected.

Opponents argued that forcing taxpayers to bankroll politicians with whom they disagree was compelled speech, which is unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court refused to consider the case, despite previously ruling campaign donations were free speech.

“The so-called ‘democracy vouchers’ could not be more undemocratic or unconstitutional,” said Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Ethan Blevins, who represented two Seattle citizens challenging the scheme. “First Amendment rights include both the right to speak and the right not to speak. You can’t be forced to engage in political expression or advocacy that is contrary to your convictions.”

“Our free-speech rights come with a right not to speak,” said Seattle citizen Mark Elster, one of the plaintiffs. “They’re putting words in my mouth. They’re putting political speech in my mouth. They’re using my money for political campaigns I may or may not agree with.”

Seattle adopted the money funneling scheme after proposing massive taxes on employers like Amazon.  When employers complained and said they would take the issue to voters, Seattle politicians created the program to help themselves to tax dollars taken from the very employers and citizens who complained.

The ruling is expected to spur other left-wing cities and states to break open their taxpayer-funded bank accounts and help themselves to forced “campaign contributions.”

The Court has ruled in the past the government has a compelling interest to support taxpayer-funded campaigns, bizarrely claiming that allowing politicians to help themselves to tax dollars is part of “eliminating corruption.”

The system is creating an environment where either socialists, white supremacists and militant groups can campaign for public office using money confiscated from people who oppose them, or political candidates will be banned from campaign fundraising based on their views.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
9 months ago

It’s communism wrapped up in free speech.
Just like allowing the flag to be desecrated which is the symbol of the United States to make it worthless, another communist ploy.
America should rule over the Supreme Court which seems to be sending down avalanches with their gross misinterpretations of the Constitution’s common sense, as if they were the media in black robes.

grin n bear it.
grin n bear it.
9 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Sirdirkfan,
reelect D J Trump,give Republicans Congress/Senate,
pass the Law and override the Supreme Court Ruling.
Problem solved.

grin n bear it.
grin n bear it.
9 months ago

moderation for what?????????

skai
skai
9 months ago

grin n bear it Agree with you ”re-elect D J Trump… also win both Houses

Michelle
Michelle
9 months ago

GReat Idea. No mandatory idea, Trump 2020

Don N
9 months ago

Since states have their own Supreme Courts, and since the article did not say U.S. Supreme court or State Supreme Court, how do we know which one????

A. D Roberts
8 months ago
Reply to  Don N

I looked it up. It was the US Supreme Court. But the article did not say which judges did the dirty deed.

A. D Roberts
8 months ago

You can’t override the SCOTUS. All you can do is impeach them OR have a REVOLUTION THAT REMOVES THEM FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING.
So which one of these “conservative” judges has turned his back on America? Roberts- YES Kavanaugh? Maybe Gorsuch? Maybe
Even when we have a majority, some how our “men” seem to find a way to betray us.

Vladilyich
Vladilyich
8 months ago
Reply to  A. D Roberts

They may appear to :betray” you because you are wrong in the first place. They follow the law, you follow conservative insanity.

Joed
Joed
8 months ago
Reply to  Vladilyich

The Supreme Court did not vote on this. They REFUSED to hear the Seattle case and thereby let stand the ruling of a lower Seattle court.

Cathy
8 months ago
Reply to  Vladilyich

Conservative insanity? I recall liberals beating the s*** out of young, and very old alike, because they were simply wearing a hat. Buildings being broken into.. death threats to anyone who didn’t agree with their twisted ideology. The list is literally endless.. bogus impeachment. You’re a very ignorant person.. You are indeed a misguided individual.

grin n bear it.
grin n bear it.
9 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Sirdirkfan,
reelect DJTrump,Congress/Senate to Republicans,
pass Law and overrule Supreme Court.
Problem solved

Gerrall W White
Gerrall W White
9 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Sirdirkfan,
Yes, from what we have read, this decision is obviously wrong and it looks like everyone is responding to a news story that lacks prior background information/facts as to how this case was proposed (pro’s and con’s) and how it was passed through the lower courts. Why, who, and on what cause was this and prior decisions decided (not stated) on by the lower courts?

The change that would correct such errors is that all courts, and I mean ALL courts, have to state the exact supporting segment of the Constitution (and their reasoning) used to compose their decisions. Then this case (and many others) would have been kicked out of the lower courts at its inception.
Gerry

Cheri Taylor
Cheri Taylor
9 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

This means that more decent, Constitutionalist, lovers of liberty need to run for public office and avail themselves of this taxpayer-funded deal.

Carol Peterson
9 months ago

It appears more and more likely that only another Revolutionary War will restore our Constitutional freedoms and liberties, as our Founding Fathers and the Constitution intended us to have, if these radical actions don’t stop! As Patrick Henry said: “Give me liberty, or give me death.” That just may be the only answer.

Buddy
Buddy
9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

It is. Been saying this for years. No greater ignorance than putting people in power that have zero accountability for being wrong.

Al Pambuena
Al Pambuena
9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

I am still pissed off where tax dollars are helping to fund abortions…then planned Parenthood sends out millions to support Democrats…

Susan LINDAUER
Susan LINDAUER
9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

They attacked it from the wrong vantage point. They should reconfigure the lawsuit to emphasize forced use of taxation that seeks to reinforce status quo politics that citizens desire to change. We have no right to opt out of taxation. Then elected politicians seize funds paid for police and courts, roads and schools to pay for campaign ads that deprive citizens of those necessary services, while reinforcing policy options that We the People seek to change. So the case is a good case, but it was framed the wrong way.

Michelle
Michelle
9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

Very true and don’t forget they want to take our guns!

Don
Don
9 months ago
Reply to  Carol Peterson

This article doesn’t specify which Supreme Court has put out this decision. First thought is it’s a states decision. If this is the federal Supreme Court decision, we are screwed. I cannot accept this as a federal ruling. Liberal ruling justices backed by liberal ruling politicians have just destroyed the state this ruling came from. Sensible. Conservatives will decide to move elsewhere.
On. Federal issue my personal opinion is that it’s time to create two USAs. I personally would see no benefit in a Civil war. I see no reason to fight between two groups that have such widely diverse thought. The biggest issue to solve —HOW TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY EQUIABLY

Wyatt
9 months ago

The flooding of the Supreme Court with leftist leaning judges has become a problem . These judges let their personal feelings and desires rule their decision making when ruling on cases not our Constitution . They also choose to interpret our Constitution as they wish to see it not in the Origional intent as spelled out by our founders

Helga Renfro
9 months ago
Reply to  Wyatt

Just imagine if Biden should win things will get as bad as that rat Obama did. Biden is just the puppet pervert demented fools and Obama and Clinton will make all of the decisions. I believe China and the democrats turned the virus lose to destroy our economy to pave the way for the rotten criminal democrats to win.

Dr Roberts
Dr Roberts
9 months ago
Reply to  Helga Renfro

You’re an idiot – read if you can for yourself things concerning the economy and social metrics. Read with comprehension if you can. If all else fails get a life outside your room without a view go to a bookstore and purchase audio-book and keep a dictionary close by.

Glenn Shannon
Glenn Shannon
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

Think you’re the idiot and in your entire comment you said nothing.

SD OF AZ
9 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Shannon

A DR in front of the name does not mean Roberts is bright. Sounds like the proverbial dim wit literally.

j morrow
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

Roberts, rather doubt you have an earned PhD. putting dr letters in from of your name really nails your intelligence, maybe 2 digits. Certainly not an MD. Your ignorance is very obvious. Your mail order Dr. certificate is worth considerately less than you paid for it. I see a return on investment around -1500%. You could do better from one of the band college mills. Actually Helga made two excellent points.

Jo
Jo
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

hey Dr Roberts. Don’t be so fast to criticize somebody that just might be right. Just saying. The Dems are the most crooked a holes in the world. and they will do anything to get their hands on power to include killing you if you get in the way. Just saying

Blondie
Blondie
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

Dr. (so called) simply means dumb rat. This entire virus crap is a political Democrat, mixed with Soros & China to take down America.

I’m certainly not a doctor, but, I’ve got more brains than most individuals walking around, because, I’ve worked with people my entire life. Prior to the fake impeachment, fake Russia crap, fake Ukraine crap, I told my daughter exactly what was going to happen next. It has been right down the line just as I predicted. If one observes everything that’s happening, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what is coming. I read the book “Masters of Deceit” in the 7th grade & it was cemented in my brain & I’ve never forgotten what it warned us that was coming. “We will take America from the inside.” It created a watch dog in me like one could never believe. It has played out just like the book read.

Two days ago, I told my daughter the next will be name tags, door to door searches, labels for those who supposedly had the “HOAX” virus & a hold on opening our economy. What is Pelosi demanding that she doesn’t have any authority to demand? Wait & don’t open…. That BBBBB is wanting a full blown depression.

You dumb rat, book theory is nothing but someone’s opinion. Live a life of observing & you don’t need much else in the way of a brain. You can read what’s happening next. I’ve never been to college, but, I have a degree in “Communications” that has never been taught in any college. This is why I know more than 90% of people. I constantly watch & listen to what is happening & that is all it takes to know what the next move will be by rotten politicians.

Look at all the lies, both Dr. Fauci & Dr. Brix have told in the last month. The truth will always rise above the trash & criminals.

Everybody, please read the book. Open your eyes. If we stand up against what isn’t right, they can’t jail all of us. We are too many who believe in our Constitution….. The democrats will always try to trick people into what is bad, by candy coating the lies, just like this dumb rat doctor.

the least of terry's
the least of terry's
9 months ago
Reply to  Blondie

Well said! When criminality baits lawlessness, it is easy to see who is behind the crime; it is always those who gain the power- be it in monetary or political. The Republic is in death rattle and no one wishes to acknowledge this, for criminals in lawlessness have arisen en-masse; look now for the rise of the Man of Lawlessness….

Zeus Papadopoulos
Zeus Papadopoulos
9 months ago
Reply to  Blondie

I know of where you speak. Read the book and agree with you. I also, have not been to college, but over 43 years of government communications experience. I suggest a number of people need to physically visit with these Communist politicians and verbally reason with them. If that doesn’t work, then don’t reason with them.

Vicki Moore
Vicki Moore
9 months ago
Reply to  Blondie

Common sense. To quote St. Augustine, “Truth is like a lion, you don’t have to defend it, turn it loose and it will defend itself”.

Julia
Julia
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

Dr. Roberts: Is that a doctorate in BS?

larry
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

Now you sound like the fool

Don
Don
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

How about you just grow up first. Politicians are stealing from taxpayers far too much and if you can’t see that then why do you have a Dr in front of your name?

Gerald Ladd
9 months ago
Reply to  Dr Roberts

DR. of what?

Michelle
Michelle
9 months ago
Reply to  Helga Renfro

I tend to agree with you. I said upon first notice of this pandemic this thing was created. We all know how disgusting the democrats and their cohorts the main stream media are. Remember when Obama wanted to control the internet?