No. Citizens United v. FEC would never have been decided this way in any other era of the Court in our history. The five self-described conservatives on the current Court have cast aside a century of federal restrictions on corporate money in politics, and two centuries of First Amendment jurisprudence. The notion that a corporation has First Amendment rights to “speech” and political activity is contrary to the history, words, spirit and intent of the First Amendment and American self-government.
Four of the nine Justices – – Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor – – refused to go along with this experiment in corporate “speech” and electioneering.