Eric Schneiderman Takes on Citizens United

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eric Schneiderman, New York State attorney general discusses his support of a Montana effort to curb the effect of the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance spending. Plus, mortgage fraud, stop and frisk, and Skechers.

Comments [12]

John Graff

How about term limits for unelected, unaccountable, highly-partisan, extraordinarily activist Supreme Court justices?

May. 24 2012 11:50 PM
Jeff Park Slope

Fuva, why naive? I would agree that it is complex and if you mean that difficult decisions will be required, I would agree. However some should not be difficult. A very obvious example is ADM and Ethanol and other farm subsidies. Why would ADM donate to campaigns if they didn't have so much to gain? More difficult are defense contractors since defense spending is essential but the amount and the purpose is open to debate and teachers and other governmental unions (mostly a local issue), since some government work is essential but the amount and purpose is clearly distorted by unions that can buy politicians that offer to provide higher rates of remuneration and more work.

May. 21 2012 11:07 AM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca.

Given that these artificial persons are entirely creatures (in the original sense of 'having been created by') of the State, why cannot the State demand that they be formed such that they cannot act in such and so a way?

Corporations exist by virtue of their charters; why cannot the charters specify that they are not to contribute to candidates or to campaigns---as corporate entities, mind you, this is irrelevant to what actual persons (loci of full responsibility if sane, not privileged to limited liability apart from bankruptcy, not created by the State) manning them do. I have signed away free-speech rights in exchange for employment (or a good severance package); I see no reason why this notional being cannot sign them away in exchange for existing.

May. 21 2012 11:07 AM


As much as I don't like Citizens United, Jeff is not being naive. There have been many candidates that had MILLIONS poured into either their campaigns or PACs and that candidate lost the election. So hope isn't lost as long as the electorate is active, involved and informed.

May. 21 2012 11:06 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

This guy is so partisan and biased that it's scary.
What a state this has become.

May. 21 2012 10:46 AM

Did Schneiderman really just equate Citizens United with Plessy v. Ferguson? It feels like I'm listening to Sen. Schumer and not the top lawyer for the state. Politics, politics, politics.

May. 21 2012 10:46 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Jeff, that seems naive.
James, puh-lease.

May. 21 2012 10:46 AM
Jeff Park Slope

Please discuss how limitations on campaign spending can be reconciled with first amendment rights to free speech - which was of course intended to protect Political Speech. This is a national right. State's can't take it away.
If you want to reduce (not eliminate) corruption, please vote for politicians that favor removing government from those things that should not be involved in. Americans have a right to petition the government and they will do that one way or another when the government does things that influence them. Government does need to be involved in our lives, but the less involvement there is, the less businesses and individuals will try to convince politicians to vote their way.

May. 21 2012 10:42 AM
james from nyc

I just don't understand why a poor person has the nerve to expect to have the same vote as a very wealthy corporate executive.

May. 21 2012 10:42 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

But isn't the most money being spent by INDIVIDUALS so far -- e.g., Joe Ricketts, Sheldon Adelson? How would overturning Citizens United change this?

Also, some say corporations haven't donated to the extent of the individuals above, out of fear of bad publicity. Does this mean that Citizens United is so far working?

May. 21 2012 10:41 AM
Bob from Flushing


Please ask the AG if his office is currently involved or intends to become involved
in the investigation the Department of Financial Services is conducting at the direction of Gov. Cuomo into health insurances companies switching to lower Medicare reimbursement rates in paying for out of network doctors fees.

Thank you.

May. 21 2012 10:39 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Please ask Schneiderman if his vision of curbing the influence of big money in politics includes curbing PUBLIC SECTOR/ GOVERNMENT UNION money. They, as even the kiddies here know, are the BIGGEST outside special interest cash cows, especially in local/state elections.
I bet not.....because they give exclusively to him and his party.

May. 21 2012 10:26 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.