Divided Court Backs Campaign Financing Law

Supreme Court Rejects Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

What Sheldon Wants: Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is determined to spend whatever it takes to oust President Barack Obama. The Supreme Court says he can keep on spending.
getty images
What Sheldon Wants: Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is determined to spend whatever it takes to oust President Barack Obama. The Supreme Court says he can keep on spending.

By Forward Staff

Published June 25, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

A divided Supreme Court upheld its decision in the Citizens United case that allows unlimited donations to political super-PACs, setting the stage for a dramatic partisan race for cash in the fall election.

By a 5-4 margin, the court’s conservative majority struck down a state law that would have chipped away at its 2010 decision that permitted corporations and super-rich to give as much as they want to political groups as long as they do not directly coordinate activities with candidates.

The ruling allowed Jewish casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to spend $35 million so far to bolster Republican candidates, making him a key target for Democrats and advocates for good government. Adelson says he may spend up to $100 million in an effort to help oust President Barack Obama from the White House.

The high court also rejected parts of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. It upheld the provision allowing police to automatically check for immigration papers whenever they stop suspects, but said it could be subject to further challenge.

The court is expected to release its ruling on Obama’s sweeping health insurance reform law later in the week.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
  • From Gene Simmons to Pink — Meet the Jews who rock:
  • The images, which have since been deleted, were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
  • As J Street backs Israel's operation in Gaza, does it risk losing grassroots support?
  • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
  • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
  • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
  • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
  • Step into the Iron Dome with Tuvia Tenenbom.
  • What do you think of Wonder Woman's new look?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.