Scalia: You Don’t Like It? Turn Off the TV
U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has a simple solution for people who don’t like all the political advertisements unleashed by the court’s decision two years ago that ended limits on corporate contributions in political campaigns — change the channel or turn off the TV.
Scalia was asked about the decision during a presentation before the South Carolina Bar on Saturday, exactly two years after the court handed down the 5-4 decision in the case that led to the rise of Super PACs. They are outside groups affiliated with candidates that can take in unlimited contributions as long as they don’t directly coordinate with the candidate.
“I don’t care who is doing the speech — the more the merrier,” Scalia said. “People are not stupid. If they don’t like it, they’ll shut it off.”
Scalia was joined on stage by Justice Stephen Breyer, who voted on the losing side in the decision which has become known as “Citizens United,” for the group that successfully sued over federal campaign finance laws. Breyer didn’t directly criticize the ruling, instead pointing out how it is critical in the American system that people respect the decisions the judiciary makes.