Tony Shalhoub: ‘The 1st Amendment, You Know, It’s a Bit of a Slippery Slope…’

By Staff | September 14, 2012 | 4:29 PM EDT

( - Tony Shalhoub, who starred as private detective Adrian Monk in the TV series “Monk,” told that he was “horrified” by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen United, which said the government could not restrict political speech by corporations.

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“I was horrified by the Citizens United judgment. I think there is so much money in politics now. We need to begin to dial that back. The First Amendment, you know, it’s a bit of a slippery slope because it really becomes more about dollars than about the First Amendment itself.

When asked if he thought there should be any limitations on speech, Shalhoub said no, but that there should be limits on the money spent on political campaigns.

“Well, no, there shouldn’t be a limit on speech, but there should be a limit on the money that is spent. Because then, in the end, it just becomes, ultimately it will become the guy with the most money and most backing wins. It’s dollars over the actually voice of the people.”

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