On January 21, 2010 the Supreme Court restored the freedom of political speech in the Citizens United v. FEC decision. Allowing membership organizations, small businesses, labor unions and corporations to exercise their First Amendment rights allowed voters access to more information allowing them to make informed decisions on election day.
Many members of Congress, including Dan Maffei (D-NY), were rejected by this increasingly informed electorate. Maffei, choosing not to admit that his policies and positions were the reason for his defeat, instead shifted the blame to the Supreme Court: “Clearly the Citizens United decision decided this race.”
Maffei also stated that “I don’t know if the Democrats would have retained the (House) majority without the decision, but clearly, it would have been a lot closer.”
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