Russ Feingold on Citizens United

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Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Russ Feingold, former U.S. senator (D-WI) and now author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post 9/11 Era , discusses his book and current political news.

Would the Supreme Court Revisit Citizens United?

The former senator said he was encouraged by signs that the Supreme Court could take up the issue of corporate contributions to campaigns by hearing a Montana case that directly challenged the Court's ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010:

The credibility of the Supreme Court is now on the line because people know this was a crazy decision, a lawless decision. And its having a huge impact on the democracy, on the right that every one of us has to have our vote basically count the same. So I saw Ginsberg’s comment as very interesting, as a sign of real stress on the court.

Feingold says that re-opening the conversation would not necessarily mean individual mea culpa from assenting justices:

All they have to say is that, this was a bad decision, we reconsider and courts do this all the time. The Supreme Court doesn’t do it all the time but it is so out of line with the law of the last 100 years that I don’t think it would be a big deal of the court to say “well”, and they always have a way to sort of say “well this case is a little different, so this is why it’s ok”. Believe me that’s the least of their problems.