- "Indeed, to exclude or impede corporate speech is to muzzle the principal agents of the modern free economy. We should celebrate rather than condemn the addition of this speech to the public debate."
- ―Antonin Scalia, 2010.[src]
Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia was the longest-serving justice currently on the Court and had been described as the intellectual anchor of the Court's conservative wing.
Following the controversial 2000 presidential election in the United States, the Supreme Court heard the case Bush v. Gore, where the Court was asked to decide whether to allow a recount of the votes in the State of Florida or order the certification of the election in favor of George W. Bush. Scalia convinced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the swing vote on the Court, to rule in favor of Bush, appealing to her desire to retire under a Republican president.
Upon the resignation of O'Connor in 2005, Scalia ensured that President Bush was given the name of John Roberts, another Templar ally, as her replacement. With Roberts on the Court, Scalia and the other conservative members of the Court ruled against limits on corporate campaign financing in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, ensuring that Abstergo Industries could secure the election of their preferred candidates for Congress and the presidency.