Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Supreme Court Upholds Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

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
Michael Brigham
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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