Alaska Politicians Assessing Fallout from Campaign Decision

Alaskans are trying to understand the full effects of Thursday’s US Supreme Court decision that will allow corporations to become more involved in political campaigns. The decision overturned parts of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act – and its own earlier rulings – that prohibited corporations from using their money to make and run advertisements for or against issues or individual candidates. Alaska has corporate restrictions in place for state campaigns. Senate Judiciary Chairman Hollis French – an Anchorage Democrat – announced on the senate floor Friday that he will initiate hearings on the decision to find out exactly how it will affect Alaska politics.  He called the ruling “disastrous for the future of democracy.”

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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