Cartoon tags: First Amendment, 1st Amendment, free speech, campaign finance, law, Supreme Court, Arizona, public funds, public funding, candidates, matching funds, class war, wealth, elites, rich, speech, John Roberts, activist judges, buying elections, corruption, plutocracy, money, inequality, elections
The Supreme Court may soon strike down election laws that give public financing to poorer candidates -- on the grounds that it infringes on the free speech of rich candidates. Lawyer: "The government is penalizing the privately-financed candidate for engaging in unfettered political expression!" John Roberts: "Makes sense to me!"
That's right: Giving more speech to the poor means you're taking speech from the rich. Coming soon: Free Speech Debates! Moderator: "To give you unfettered political expression, we've decided not to invite your opponent."
People begin holding up signs showing their annual income before speaking. Woman with sign: 21,000 Guy with sign: 475,000 - "Looks like I'll be doing the talking here!"
And so... NOTICE: The last panel of this cartoon will not be shown, so as not to infringe on the First Amendment rights of Heritage Foundation cartoonist Albertus "Champ" Waddsworth IV."