As Mr. Samples alludes, absent the ruling in Citizens United, HBO could find itself greatly restricted in its ability to air the very program Sorkin writes.
And let’s not forget that CU was in fact, a three man operation that was attempting to release a documentary film about Hilary Clinton. In fact, they were prohibited from releasing it under McCain/Feingold. Such suppression of political speech was clearly an affront to the First Amendment. And had the Supreme Court not struck down such provisions, it would have been the proverbial “camel’s nose under the tent.” You can bet ever more flagrant suppression of political speech would have followed.
People bemoan the enormous sums of money in politics. But the remedy isn’t suppression of speech, but to remove the influence and power of politicians, making investment in candidates less remunerative. If buying a politician was a poor investment, you’d see a lot less money in politics.