The controversial 5-4 ruling held that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections should not be limited because it would violate the first amendment (I happen to disagree with this “interpretation” of the constitution by our illustrious Supreme Court). Now remember that this criticism was coming from the man who had just raised the most money in the history of political campaigns. (Over $750 million for his 2008 presidential bid in case you’re wondering). It would appear that this fundraising juggernaut was not a fluke. President Obama’s campaign committee has defied a sluggish economic recovery and announced today that it raised more than $86 million dollars during the second quarter of 2011. By contrast, the aggregate amount raised by all of his would be Republican contenders totals a mere $34 million (not including Michelle Bachmann who has yet to release her final fundraising numbers for 2011).