Will Texas Have to Change Its Campaign Spending Law? Will Tom Delay have his Conviction Overturned?
According to the AP, the Supreme Court today has (again) ruled that corporations have the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices.
The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending, but this case will have a ripple effect on all other states.
Texas is a state that does not allow corporations to spend money in Texas state and local election.
In fact, former Majority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, Tom Delay, did not even give corporate money to Texas elections but he was prosecuted by a liberal from Austin simply because he give money to the RNC which possibly freed up RNC money to be given to Texas elections. Based on that, this liberal prosecutor said that Tom Delay broke Texas law by giving corporate money to Texas elections.
SOOO, not that the Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to limit corporate spending in state and local elections, will Texas have to change its laws to allow corporate spending? If not they might set themselves up for a losing battle in the Supreme Court.
Also, will this ruling have any effect on appeals that Tom Delay has made in a case where he was prosecuted for something that the Supreme Court has said is constitutionally protected?