What is an acceptable level of corruption? In my view, none. Who the fuck thinks we should have any corruption? A terrible person, that’s who.
“Which brings me to Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the decision in April that, in the name of free speech, further diminished Congress’ power to limit spending on political campaigns. The opinion states that Congress may target only a specific type of corruption—quid pro quo corruption—that is, an agreement between donor and candidate that in exchange for the donation the candidate will support policies that will provide financial or other benefits to the donor. If there is no agreement, the opinion states, the donation must be allowed because “constituents have the right to support candidates who share their views and concerns. Representatives are not to follow constituent orders, but can be expected to be cognizant of and responsive to those concerns. Such responsiveness is key to the very concept of self-governance through elected officials.” (Article from slate.com)
I meant to trim this down, but to be terribly honest, I can’t say it any better than Posner. Just remember what these recent rulings by the Supreme Court truly mean: we’ve legally enshrined what the justices find to be an acceptable level of corruption.