Jones Day partner Michael Carvin, a conservative constitutional lawyer, blasted opponents of the controversial Citizens United ruling at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
“I know this has provoked a lot of rhetorical excess and severe criticism, which I must say I find quite puzzling because all Citizens United did was reaffirm what I think is the most basic First Amendment principle that Congress can’t pass laws banning political speech, particularly about members of Congress,” Carvin said at the hearing.
“Surely no one thinks you could pass a law prohibiting MSNBC from endorsing Barack Obama, even though it used to be owned by General Electric and it’s still a corporation.” Carvin said, adding that opponents of the ruling needed to explain why corporations had become “the red-headed stepchild of the Constitution that is unable to speak.”
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