Is Money Speech?

The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” Does that freedom extend to the way people spend their money? Is money a form of speech? Professor Bradley Smith shows how money is needed to communicate ideas and to establish organizations. For example, what if citizens are allowed to have newspapers or radio stations but the government says they cannot spend any money, or can spend only a limited amount of money, to run them? Such a restriction would seem to limit citizens’ freedom of the press.

It would be difficult to be elected in a political campaign without spending any money to reach out to voters. If the government controls the money spent in political campaigns, it also controls the speech. So is spending money on a campaign speech? What do you think? Please leave your answers in the comments.

George Silva More than 1 year ago
This money being speech definitely had to stubbed down our throats by the billionaire class who was limited before from buying elections.  What a bunch of lunies..but in the greatest country in the world, we are supposedly smarter than that.  Apparently not.  Everything has a spin on it.  This is a clear ticket to the billionaires to buy their own puppets, which is what we have had since bush.  When will we switch the corporate supply side economics for Labor Economics?  
George Silva More than 1 year ago
How can money be speech?  This is a ridiculous argument.  If money is speech then we all need to be given some money to match the billionaires amount of money so we can go out and speak equally . We ALL are equal under the constitution and any billionaire out there has the SAME rights as someone with just one dollar.   The argument that it would be difficult to be elected in a political campaign without spending money to reach voters is ridiculous.   Do you know how many elections we had before prior to citizens united and money being free speech, when contributions by private citizens and corporations was capped and limited to make elections fair.  There was no problem electing the right people because ALL people would give at a capped amount and no one could buy himself more speech and influence.   Nice spin on your lies.