Dear Mr. Justice Kennedy,
Only in Wingnuttia does bribery = speech! Only in Wingnuttia is a corporation a person or a class of persons, capable of speaking. A corporation cannot speak, it cannot eat, or sleep, or breath, or think, or rejoice, or love, or suffer, or die, or do anything else a person can do. A corporation is a type of business organization, written on a piece of paper, filed in a state's (typically Delaware), Secretary of State's office, that cannot exist unless the state has a statute that allows for the creation of a corporation as a business organization in that state.
Not bribery you protest! I say bribery and worse. Let's see if we can imagine how this will play out in the reality based world: "Hey Senator, I can't stuff money directly in your pocket in exchange for passing laws that I want, so I'll just pay for your multi-million dollar media campaign. Whatever you want, we'll do it for you, and we'll pay for it. And, BTW, we own the main stream media too, so we can say whatever we want about anyone we want, and there's no one who can stop us. See also New York Times v. Sullivan. And, BTW, that includes you, Senator, if you get out of line and don't do exactly what we want. Are we clear about that? Senator?" Between black box electronic voting and corporate ownership of political speech, democracy in America is now, officially, a sham!
A few years ago, a very learned friend suggested to me that the 1st Amendment's "free exercise" and "anti-establishment" clauses were more about preventing corruption of the government by the church, as was the case in England and Europe at the time, than it was about religious freedom. Then, the biggest corrupting influence with the most money and power was the church. Today, it's giant, multinational corporations. So, what say we start by adding an amendment to the Constitution mandating a Jeffersonian "Wall of Separation" between commerce and state! As Jefferson observed, "The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country and feels no passion or principle but that of gain."
In addition, how about a clause in the new Amendment that makes the giving of anything of value, directly or indirectly, to any government official, elected or un-elected, in every branch, at every level, the felony of bribery, punishable by mandatory prison of no less than 5 years. Enough is enough! Shouldn't government service be a privilege and a position of public trust, a fiduciary relationship with the public? Isn't the integrity of democracy important enough to warrant such restriction and punishment?