Often lost in the discussion of Citizens United or yesterday's CU2 is the basic distinction between democracy and the market. Democracy is often described as a marketplace of ideas… and the market is often described as a place where consumers vote with their dollars. But these descriptions confuse the real distinction between the two.
In a democracy each citizen's voice, their vote, weighs the same… and they have that vote merely because they are citizens, regardless if they are penniless. It's the reason the political Right, which has a minority agenda to protect the interests of money, inherently distrusts democracy... they've just never trusted the rabble. This is a tradition in the US where the Senate was, in Madison's words, created to protect "minority of the opulent".
In the market money rules and those with the most money have the biggest influence. Those without money have no "vote". This is why the Right inherently loves the market.
What the Right wing members of the USSC have done with Citizens United is made our already defective political democracy even more dysfunctional. For them the constitutional protections of wealth were not enough. They are not content unless the rich rule… where our democracy is just another commodity for those with money to buy. This is why we see the biggest defenders of Citizen United, predictably, are on the Right... and if that's not despicable enough, they want those who are corrupting our system to have legal anonymity.