The Citizens United decision, giving corporations more access to political speech than everyday citizens, has forever changed the nature of political campaigning within the United States forever. As predicted, the decision did not enable freedom of speech for Americans, but instead has now allowed foreigners to have a stronger voice in US elections than citizens.
In a common report for the mis-named American Petroleum Institute (API) you will find the name of one Tofiq Al-Gabsani, an executive of the Saudi Arabian government-run oil company Aramco, serving as a director for API. In addition, most of the funding for API comes from foreign government-owned oil companies. Yet, despite the foreign-owned and operated nature of API, Citizens United has given them all free rein to influence US elections.
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