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Ed Markey Equates Dred Scott and Citizens United


In a campaign appearance on Tuesday, Representative Ed Markey (D., Mass.), one of the front-runners in the race for John Kerry’s former Senate seat, compared the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on campaign finance to the pro-slavery ruling in Dred Scott: ”The Constitution must be amended. The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed; we have to repeal Citizens United, otherwise democracy as we know it will be in danger.” As Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, which first reported the story, pointed out: