Law: Burger's Blast

Free-speech ruling stirs a row

Turn-of-the-century progressives and populists championed the statewide referendum as a way of giving the little man a voice on political issues. Thus the idea of allowing lavish spending by big corporations to sway the outcome of a referendum would probably make the likes of Robert LaFollette twist in their graves. But last week the Supreme Court gave corporations the go-ahead to spend whatever they please. The court's reason? Corporations have at least one thing in common with the individual: the right to speak out on governmental issues.

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