To see the contradiction in “money is speech” all we have to do is follow the money to its logical conclusion. But I’d submit upfront that allowing coercion of attention through money generally leads to the same result. The difference is subtle but incredibly powerful. Notice there is a difference between a contractor (someone who directs their own attention and negotiates for it) and an employee who is paid to have their attention subverted.
So lets lay out a scenario that follows the money is speech doctrine to its logical drown us out conclusion:
Fast forward some years and the US has one remaining media company and it is owned by a single person, a foreign national. This is not widely known information because that company won’t cover it. The public still thinks there are hundreds of media firms. Even if the public wanted to know, it would find that it was restricted by a new body of law that holds that money is private speech and in effect knowledge about the sole remaining media company is classified. Write about it and that information gets erased and you get a gag order and a warrant for your arrest and a trial in a secret court.
When that owner wants a new law or wants one changed or wants government to do something he simply temporarily gives some politicians some money and they give that money right back to him through his media company. He sponsors legislators and the laws he wants with 1:1 precision. He doesn’t have much trouble with Supreme Court Justices because he selects the Presidents, determines if they will stay in office and places conditions on Justice selection before he allows a would be President to run for office. Under money-is-private-speech he is also allowed to give Justices money directly. He has done this on many occasions. He has also ensured that Justices have been getting regular pay cuts and he selects Justices from modest means to make sure his money translates into results.
No surprise that there is a bunch of secret law that protects him, and gives him forums to spell out the imperatives of money in private out of view of the public when a decision in money’s favor needs to be made. In this system money is the ruler, money is law, money has created a hereditary dictator a king with subjects. The strategic placement of money is ultimately just a nuance, the one with the most gold makes the rules in this system. But as we know from history the qualities that would allow one to acquire the most gold, generally psychopathy, shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a legislative or rule creation process. When money is speech, there is no speech only censorship. This is where it leads without exception.
In the present day US we now have interlocking media boards and a media directly based, even for politics, on sponsorship and patronage. This means we have a monolithic media in majority that is totally corrupt. Since these are for-profit corporations it means this for-profit structure interlocking boards has one centralized leader or leadership. Yes they do loss leaders and steam blowers to keep up appearances, people like Keith Olbermann, John Stewart and the Bill Maher but these are no more than money’s court jesters. In every real decision their goal is to make sure you are a low paid powerless employee even in you dreams and even in you own home at you kitchen table.
When a candidate speak against the phony journalists these firms employ they are speaking against that amalgamation’s leader and that power. When a candidate is pro tariff and is protectionists they are speaking against the logic that pits everyday people against each other and for the logic that pits capital against capital for the benefit of everyday people. The chief aim of a useful state and possibly most of its business is a political economy aim and doing what it takes to keep money from translating into political power because that will always lead to dictatorship, the murder of you volition, the loss of your useful life, your life becomes worse than a prison it becomes a prison work camp a concentration camp. Under a dictator you lie is generally forfeit at birth.
Even on the way to this dictatorship of money you encounter a situation where you can’t just live your life, you will always have to take orders from those with more money and you can never do anything about that differential because no matter what you do you actions must always be aimed at enriching them, you self proclaimed betters at a faster rate than yourself or your actions are unlawful. They believe they own the plantation you were born into and that you are their property.