First, let’s recognize that this issue is far larger than Tom DeLay. DeLay is surely guilty, as we shall see; but he’s only an imp of Satan, not Satan himself. His case illustrates a far greater evil that is poisoning our democracy. Partisan Republican judges, led by a notoriously partisan United States Supreme Court, are steadily destroying the public’s ability to regulate political campaign funding.
In the infamous Citizens United decision, a hard-right partisan majority overturned a century of legal precedent by ruling that corporate campaign contributions must be considered an expression of free speech, and thus neither Congress nor legislatures can stop corporate dollars that are corrupting our government.
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Brown, an Austin lawyer, is a former Travis County Denmocratic chairman and a candidate for county judge in the 2014 Democratic primary.