Supreme Court & Citizens United

A supreme court is the highest court within the hierarchy of many legal jurisdictions. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. ––––, 130 S.Ct. 876 (January 21, 2010), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, which held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. 5.0/5

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Supreme Court printer cartridge case could be the 'Citizens United' of products.
Trump’s Supreme Court nominees would, like Scalia, oppose a woman’s right to choose, support Citizens United and gut the…
Supreme Court nominee, Garland, sees Citizens United ruling as fair and sound.
."This election is about overturning Citizens United...one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in the history of…
I think the Supreme Court is the war worth fighting for. Think Citizens Unite…
Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United.” —
A Constitutional Amendment that would overturn Citizens United & other Supreme Court decisions that have allowed...
As President, I will:. Only appoint Supreme Court Justices who will make it a priority to overturn Citizens United...
We must overturn Citizens United & THIS!. re: The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of...
Wisconsin case now before the Supreme Court highlights just how much the justices got wrong with Citizens United. https:/…
releasing names of possible Supreme Court nominees. All of his nominees would overturn Roe V. Wade & save Citizens United.
Roe V. Wade is settled law because the Supreme Court ruled on it, but the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United must be o…
. end Citizens United?. how do you do that?. we need Hillary to put Two more Supreme Court Justices!!!. to ov…
another unfortunate affect of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:
Doesn't he know that NO ONE can overturn a Supreme Court decision not even the president! Case in point Citiz…
Today is the sixth-year anniversary of Citizens United, one of the most disastrous Supreme Court decisions in my lifetim…
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Citizens United has taken its place below even Dred Scott as the worst and most corrupt Supreme Court decision in US history.
6 Years of Citizens United: Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citi...
Bernie will not nominate anyone for the Supreme Court that will not overturn Citizens United.
Thank our corrupt Supreme Court for Citizens United decision. & Dems are pushed into same corner, just to compete vs rich GOP.
Frightening LGBT billionaires Think Tank was able to plan and implement . Citizens United through our U.S. Supreme Court for political gain*
Today CA's Supreme Court heard arguments on the Citizens United advisory measure
Why didn't the Supreme Court get James Madison's intent for elected officials and block Citizens United?
What about the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United allowing billionaires to fund and the other…
If it wasn’t for Hillary Clinton, the Citizens United case would not have likely come before the Supreme Court.
BREAKING: Koch Brothers petition Supreme Court to reverse Citizens United “before we squander all our money on losers like…
"No nominee of mine" to Supreme Court will be forwarded to the Senate unless pledged to overturn Citizens United.
Sanders says he will only appoint Supreme Court candidates who promise to overturn "Citizens United" campaign finance decision.
Sanders says he promises he won't put forward Supreme Court nominee unless they say they will rehear and overturn Citizens United.
Sanders: promise: Supreme Court nominee will pledge to re-hear and overturn Citizens United.
Why we need a Constitutional Amendment to overturn disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United!
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"If necessary I will support a Constitutional Amendment to undo the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United."
says litmus test for his Supreme Court nominees will be overturning Citizens United. Live:
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Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Citizens United is the Supreme Court's worst ruling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's been five years since the Supreme Court's decision in the "Citizens United" case paved the way for unlimited corporate spending in elections. The court ruled that restricting campaign spending by outside groups is unconstitutional because it hinders their freedom o…
The biggest mistake in the history of the Supreme Court was allowing Citizens United. This has opened the flood gate to unbridled cash into campaigns and has diminished the will of voters in exchange for the will of Huge Corporate money. Go to Represent.Us and be part of the movement to reverse this decision and get our country back in the control of the voters.
As we mark the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, it is worth heeding: Who is Citizens United, and how did they manage to subvert generations of campaign finance laws?...
"Citizens United" Anniversary Prompts Events in CO, Nation DENVER - Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on…
Next Wednesday, January 21, is the fifth anniversary of Citizens United. Five years after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending in our elections, Corporate Accountability International stands with people around the world demanding an e…
UPDATE!! THERE IS A NEW MEETING ON JANURARY 21...DETAILS BELOW.. Join Coffee Party DC SECTOR and many other organizations for a rally on January 21 — the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court lump of coal known as Citizens United — to deliver democracy right to the Chamber’s doorstep. Hundreds of activists will gather in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC to shed light on the Chamber of Commerce’s attacks on our democracy, our jobs, and our environment. In 2014, the Chamber spent $31 million on the midterm elections to ensure its favorite candidates got into office, assisting in making 2014 the most expensive midterm in history. While we continue making progress toward a (Constitutional Amendment/Carbon tax/EFCA/Paycheck Fairness Act), we must remain vigilant about other forces that are corrupting our elections for the sake of corporate profits. PLEASE email us to register for the event. Join these organizations - AND MORE - as we shed a light on Dark Money! American Family Voices Center for M ...
Citizens United was a great Supreme Court decision. It protected the First Amendment.
Liberals hate the idea of a free press. They argued to the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case that the...
When the Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case, there was a great hue and cry from both Democratic politicians and the public. The Court had ruled that corporations are persons within the meaning of the First Amendment, and that they have the right to political free speech. Political free speech, in America, means the freedom to bribe candidates for office and elected public officials. Political bribery is the means special interests and Big Business employ to ensure that legislators vote their way. That they get special tax treatment. That their industries aren't too regulated. That they get sweetheart contracts from government. That consumers and employees do not gain enough power to impact business. Political bribery is what makes the US a fascist country. Fascism isn't stiff-arm salutes and goose-stepping troops. It is the merger of corporate and government power. And it is no more in evidence anywhere on Earth than in the halls of the US government. So long as Congressional limitations on po ...
From my email: Dear MoveOn member, The Senate just voted to advance a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. For the first time in history, every single senator will be forced to say—on the record—whether or not they think money is speech. This is momentous. It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It's nothing short of amazing that Mitch Mcconnell and his fellow Republicans didn't block this bill entirely—as they've done with nearly every other priority issue of most Americans, like the minimum wage and student debt. We've built enough grassroots pressure that they couldn't squash this. McConnell is trying to make lemonade out of this—he claims that he welcomes the debate. But 80 percent of American oppose Citizens United. Even 72 percent of Republicans think the Supreme Court got it wrong. So now, it's on. The Senate will debate money in politics this week—and a full vote is expected Thursday. . Undoing Citizens United — which requires a 2/3 vote in both Houses of Congress or ...
A pillar is moving... This past Thursday, a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon, and the other Supreme Court decision that collectively opened the floodgates for billionaires and corporations to buy our elections and corrupt our democracy passed the United States Senate Judiciary Committee with the support of Harry Reid and the Senate Democratic leadership. Now, Nancy Pelosi will introduce a version of the same amendment in the House tomorrow. We know the House Republicans won't allow it to pass and that this is in large part an effort by the Democrats to position themselves well for the November election. BUT the fact that the top leadership of one of our major parties is publicly, actively committing themselves to an Amendment (however imperfect this one may be) is a big victory for our movement and a sign of our growing strength. *They are responding to a public that we are mobilizing.* This article makes the case well. Read it, share it, and get ready to push forward! Join ...
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Tomorrow, the documentary, "Citizen Koch", will premier at the IFC CENTER in New York City. It's co- directors, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, have worked with me since 1994. They are responsible for some of the most amazing scenes in Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, The Awful Truth and Capitalism: A love Story. Those films wouldn't be what the are without them. They went on to make the Oscar-nominated Katrina film "Trouble the Water." They have a new documentary opening tomorrow that goes right at the disaster caused by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. It's called "Citizen Koch" and it opens in NYC at the IFC Center. And throughout the summer it will open in another 50 to 100 cities across the US. Go see it. It's the movie about money and politics that needs to be seen by as many Americans as possible. Is it too late to stop the .1%? Let's hope not. www.michaelmoore.com
Hillary Clinton needs to actively support reforms for all-kinds of political financial sponsorships and help groups like Move To Amend and Wolf PAC to address the consequences of US Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United v. F.E.C.
By T̶e̶d̶ ̶C̶r̶u̶z̶   Jeremy Lett For two centuries there has been bipartisan agreement that American democracy depends on free speech. Alas, more and more, the modern Democratic Party has abandoned that commitment and has instead been trying to regulate the speech of the citizenry. We have seen President Obama publicly rebuke the Supreme Court for protecting free speech in Citizens United v. FEC; the Obama IRS inquire of citizens what books they are reading and what is the content of their prayers; the Federal Communications Commission proposing to put government monitors in newsrooms; and Sen. Harry Reid regularly slandering private citizens on the Senate floor for their political speech. But just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does. Senate Democrats have promised a vote this year on a Constitutional Amendment to expressly repeal the free-speech protections of the First Amendment. You read that correctly. Forty-one Democrats have signed on to co-sponsor New Mexico Sen. Tom Udal ...
I agree with Senator Sanders. Unfortunately, 5/9 of the Supreme Court, the extremely activist majority in the rather unconventional opinion in Citizens United, created new law saying that corporations are people. The standard barer of the Republican Party, Willard Mitt Romney, agrees; "corporations are people, my friends."
Thursday morning Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his support for a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United and McCutcheon , the two Supreme Court decisions ...
Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Sanders Packs the House: The Progressive Democrats of America kicked off their 10-year anniversary celebration with a public dialog featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders and The Nation magazine’s John Nichols. Speaking Friday to a packed house at the First Churches in Northampton, Massachusetts, Sanders discussed economic inequality, money in politics, military spending, party politics, universal Health Care and the power of community organizing in a back-and-forth with Nichols. Sanders then fielded questions from the audience well into the night, The (Springfield, Mass.) Republican reported. Sanders Lays Out Agenda for Progressive Democrats: Sen. Sanders expressed his support for expanding retirement benefits and making sure everyone has access to Health Care and education. He pointed to a growing income disparity in the United States. He believes the most important current issue is overturning Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that removed limits on polit ...
Supreme Court Rulings Under the Gun The Senate will vote on Sen. Tom Udall's Constitutional Amendment to reverse U.S. Supreme Court rulings that prevent limitations on campaign spending, campaign contributions and independent group spending. That's the word from Sen. Chuck Schumer, chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee which is holding hearings on "Dark Money." The amendment would roll back the 2010 Citizens United and 2014 McCutcheon rulings by re-instituting the power of Congress to pass legislation limiting campaign contributions and expenditures.
If you've ever posted about how the Koch Brothers are the money behind winning the Citizens Unted Supreme Court decisions saying essentially that money is free speech, like me you probably had someone on the GOP side try to say that they are no worse than George Soros who supports Democratic candidates. This simply is NOT true. "There is a big difference betweenthe Kochs and George Soros. Soros favors higher taxes for the rich. He favors raising the minimum wage. Favors a strong Social Security system and Health Care for all, no matter how much money they have. Moreover, Soros opposes Citizens United and unlimited, anonymous political donations."
Tracy Knauss 29 March BUYING THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. — As we speak, casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, who made his fortune in the dark world of gambling, is entertaining Republican presidential hopefuls to see who meets his fancy and deserves his financial support. In other words, who will do what he wants if he pays their way to the top office. Adelson is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for "bribing public officials" in China to get a monopoly in their only legal gambling establishment. He got his wish. Now he wants to eliminate online gambling in America which threatens his empire. He's greasing the palm of politicians like S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham who are now entertaining such legislation. And he needs someone in the White House to sign it into law. The U.S. Supreme Court, through its Citizens United decision, has given the wealthiest citizens and corporations the right to buy our government. Our right to vote is mere window dressing. As Albert Camus declared, "What ...
Tracy Knauss 2 April GOP JUDGES ON SUPREME COURT JUST PUT THE NAIL IN OUR COFFIN!! — Just when our nation needed to reverse the previous Supreme Court decision called Citizens United, which allows almost unlimited, anonymous spending in our elections, the SCOTUS doubled down on their bad judgment with today's historic decision. Read the link in my first comment.
I just got an email from Shelley Moore Capito asking me to donate $3 to her campaign. She has apparently quit trashing Obamacare, and is now worried about "Washington insiders and Super Pacs" throwing money at Natalie Tennant. Oh, My. How long has Shelley lived in Washington? Is she not one of those "insiders?" I wonder what her stand is on Citizens United, which is the Supreme Court decision that ignited all this SuperPac nonsense. My guess is that she believes that the super rich and the big corporations can throw as much money as they want into politics, as long as they throw it at her. She'll have to scrape by without my $3.
By now you’ve heard of Citizens United -- the landmark Supreme Court case that gave corporations and special interests the go-ahead to raise and spend virtually unlimited amounts of money in our elections. But have you heard of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC? McCutcheon is a huge blow to our campaign finance system. It throws the door wide open for super-wealthy individuals -- think billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson -- to spend even more money in our elections. Thanks to Citizens United, our democracy is already drowning in secretive, outside spending. Now, with McCutcheon, super-wealthy individuals can throw even more of their money into elections to get their extreme, anti-Middle Class candidates elected to office. I’m joining with a group of Democratic colleagues in urging Congress to stop the spread of money in elections -- but we need your grassroots support. Click here to sign the petition now.. McCutcheon is bad news for our democracy. Election ...
Supreme Court ruled FOR BIG MONEY CAMPAIGN contributions with McCutcheon v. FEC and Here's What YOU CAN DO! Citizens United money can go only to outside groups. McCutcheon removes meaningful limits on the total amount an individual can directly contribute to candidates, political parties and political committees. The good news is that people are fighting back. Public Citizen, Demos, MoveOn and a host of other organizations have organized Rapid Response demonstrations across the country to protest today's ruling. The demonstrations come in the wake of a growing movement for a “Democracy Is For People” amendment to end unlimited and undisclosed corporate financing of American elections and enable the government to regulate spending by individuals. The amendment would effectively reverse much of the damage of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and help to mitigate the worst excesses of the McCutcheon decision. TO DO Sixteen states and hundreds of cities and towns across the country ha ...
Cenk Uygur wrote an article in the Huffington Post headlined, "How to Fight Back Against Supreme Court" Whatever happened to all the certainty that ends all debate once the "Supreme Court has decided"? That's what we hear about Roe v Wade and ACA, but somehow it does not stick when the outcome disappoints the left (e.g. McCutcheon or Citizens United or Bush v Gore).
Sunday Prayer List (04.06.2014): - We pray that extension of unemployment benefits pass the US Senate and then the US House. - We pray that Missouri HB1770, a bill that would make Missouri a "Right-To-Work" For Less state, fails in the House and/or the Senate. - We pray that the Cardinals win their home opener tomorrow and that the Blues win their 1st ever Stanley Cup trophy. - We pray that Illinois passes HB5569, which will ban the medically dangerous practice of conversion therapy. - We pray that McCutcheon v. FEC and Citizens United v. FEC are both overturned. - We pray that the Supreme Court this June rule in favor of Sebelius in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. - We pray that Kentucky wins tomorrow in the Men's NCAA Tournament Finals. - We pray that the Northwestern University players successfully get their union.
Want to cut corruption dramatically in this country? Get the money out. Decisions like the overturning of Citizens United and the decision the Supreme Court made just this week flood the system with more money from rich people. Take, for example, Sheldon Adelson. Republican presidential hopefuls just this weekend made a pilgrimage to their holy land of Old Rich White Guy, to kiss his ring and beg for his blessing. Chris Cristie even apologized to him in person for calling the West Bank "Occupied Territories." When politicians are answering to rich people, the country as a whole suffers. We need to ban private campaign financing and move to a public model where the government provides the same campaign resources to every potential candidate. Put them all on a level playing field, and cut out the source of corruption.
Back to the Swift Boat. The Supreme Court today rendered its decision in McCutcheon v Federal Elections Commission, and held that some caps on contributions to political campaigns violate the First Amendment right to free speech, and in so doing effectively allow the rich to spend more on campaigns than had been allowed. While this is only an expansion of the holding in Citizens United, it presents yet another incursion on the honesty of the election process. John Kerry, the current Secretary of State, ran for president in 2004, and used his military record as the commander of a Swift Boat in the Viet Nam war as part of his experience which would qualify him for the position. A group of Swift Boat veterans came out against Kerry, and disparaged his record in an advertising campaign, by making up "facts" which were simply not true. But the damage was done through these false ads, and it is believed that these Swift Boat ads contributed to his defeat. With today's McCutcheon decision, as with Citizens U ...
APRIL FOOLS. I am not going to be music director for Up With People. The Koch Brothers did not reverse course on lobbying for oil. The British did not clone a dinosaur. Oakland University is not offering a Post Apocalyptic Survival Degree. The Supreme Court did not overturn Citizens United. Lastly, there will be many banjos at Water Hill and none illegal. Thanks for a fun April Fools 2014!
I am running for State Representative in District 97 in NW Arkansas. I will fight to save our Health Care and to increase the minimum wage in the state. I am also concerned about our system of unemployment as employers can say whatever they want to keep you from getting it and they always take their word for it. It's happened to me and I've seen it happen to others. There is more I can say about that but that alone is wrong. There is also a big problem in my district with SWEPCO as they want to put high voltage power lines through here and nobody wants that. Another huge problem is the buying of elections. We need to keep outside money out of Arkansas and Citizens United is the worst decision ever handed down by the Supreme Court! One last thing is the Equal Rights Amendment has never been passed in this state and it's long past the time for that to happen. If I'm elected I will work on those issues and more. I'm all about the people of Arkansas. I will NEVER take donations from any corporation. ...
Yup. Tax a millionaire/billionaire or put them in jail or do what it takes to break up their monopolies like Teddy Roosevelt did with the last group of "Robber Barons." And for Christ sake get rid of "Citizens United" and stop allowing the Supreme Court from ruling for large corporations to become larger by merging with other large corporations. Stop illegal campaign funding. No job that pays 6 figures should take 8 figures to get elected to. That, and the fact that an elected officials bank accounts, either domestic or shipped to offshore accounts are unexplainably much larger then they were when they were elected...Term limits. And that's what needs to happen...If you meet significant resistance, see if the French have any of those gravity operated cranium removal tools for rent.
Senator Bernie Sanders speaking outside the Supreme Court. Photo by Alice Ollstein The Supreme Court of the United States heard a blockbuster case Tuesday morning that analysts are calling "the next Citizens United," because of its potential to strip away some of the few remaining limits on big mone...
Press Release: Shale Justice Sponsors Democracy School at Susquehanna University: Elected Representatives, Community Leaders, Not Interested On February 21st -22nd, the Shale Justice Coalition hosted an incarnation of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's Democracy School. An event costing as little as $20.00 per person for both days to cover printing and lunch, Democracy School is an optimum opportunity to learn about the history of the relationship between communities and corporate interests both in the Commonwealth, and across the United States. The CELDF presenters, Chad Nicholson and Ben Price, offer a perspective supported by a wealth of evidence that demonstrates the extent to which communities are systematically disenfranchised with respect to the self-determination essential to secure the health and welfare of their members. Some might be surprised to discover that Citizens United is not the first Supreme Court decision that recognizes corporations as “persons“. Hence it's equally ...
Msg. from Robert Reich re expected follow-up Supreme Court decision to Citizens United ruling: - DemUnderground
Lois Lerner Must be Held in Contempt and Jailed Lois Lerner, the Obama bureaucrat at the heart of the IRS targeting program, has once again refused to testify on her involvement in the scandal! Even though all the evidence reveals a deliberate attempt to silence the Conservative movement leading up to the 2012 election, and e-mails recovered show that Ms. Lerner played an integral role in the scandal, she still refuses to say a word. The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, has found that all roads lead to Ms. Lerner. E-mails obtained by the committee show that Lois Lerner was absolutely fixated on the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling. For a bit of context, in this ruling, the high court ruled that it is unconstitutional to place monetary caps on how much an organization or corporation can spend on political or issue advocacy. Citizens United, a conservative lobbying group, wanted originally to air a Hillary Clinton documentary. However, since it would have aired within 30 ...
What is so 'damning' to Lois Lerner and the IRS are her emails - it shows the IRS/Lerner was trying to overturn a Supreme Court decision (Citizens United) for I believe political reasons. What makes this most intriguing (disgraceful?) is that on the one hand you have her damning emails and on the other you have President Obama calling it a "phony scandal,"telling Bill O'Reilly there is "not a smidgen" to show corruption and don't forget President Obama in a State of the Union giving the Supreme Court trouble about Citizens United. Who is hiding what? And in the meantime, does Attorney General Eric Holder aggressively investigate? No. Or why the delay in the Congressional contempt citation for Lois Lerner? She refused to testify last summer and many believe she waived her right to silence. Speaker Boehner should have aggressively pursued this. Why all the delays?
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a key campaign finance case that has been dubbed “the next Citizens United.” The case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is named for Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican donor who wants the Court to throw out the aggregate limits on what an indi...
Remember when Harry Reid said he had proof that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes for ten years? Remember when Obama had been refused an honorary doctorate by Arizona State University and remarked, "President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS"? "ISSA: That's one of our questions. She says things like they put pressure. So e-mails indicate that there was pressure. We don't know whether it was the president shaking his fingers at the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court over Citizens United or whether it was... "WALLACE: During the State of the Union Address? "ISSA: During the State of the Union, where she felt the pressure. Only she can tell us where she thought that pressure was. "WALLACE: The report also cites a newly discovered e-mail from September 16th, 2010, in which Lerner discusses how to check whether groups seeking tax exempt status are engaged in improper political activity. This is an e-mail to other people in the IRS. And she says, quo ...
WASHINGTON -- Comedian Stephen Colbert, whose gags have pointed out the absurdity of U.S. campaign finance laws since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ru...
McCutcheon Rapid Response event will be held by Edwardsville Library on day of decision. IT will be from 4-6PM. I will keep you in the loop. Read Great letter to editor Letter: Join fight against big bucks in politics Letter to the Editor Posted: 02/23/2014 12:10:24 AM EST | Updated: 5 days ago To the editor of THE EAGLE: Just when we were starting to see some progress in getting big money out of politics (i. e. the McCain-Feingold Act), the Citizens United vs. Federal Election (FEC) decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010... seemed to come out of nowhere and thrust us dangerously in the wrong direction. The court’s 5-4 decision not only removed limitations on corporate spending in federal elections, it also eliminated the requirement placed on candidates to disclose their sources of funding to the public. The floodgates opened wide and total spending for the 2012 election cycle exceeded all estimates and expectations at $7 billion, according to FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub. That kind of money can ...
Proposed IRS Rules Drawing Criticism From Unexpected Places For some time now, the IRS has been working to codify its abuse of power and political persecution of the Tea Party and other conservative groups. As we noted two weeks ago, the new rules were being ironed out at least by 2012 and probably sooner, though the proposed regulations weren't published in the Federal Register until November 2013. In short, the IRS aims to newly categorize all kinds of nonprofit activities as political and thus subject to additional scrutiny, in essence restoring elements of campaign finance reform that the Supreme Court struck down in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010. So-called 501(c)(4)s -- named for the tax code section under which they are created -- are tax-exempt nonprofits that work to advance social welfare. Yet the IRS proposes to classify as political any group's communication, public or private, if it expresses "a view on, whether for or against, the selection, nomination, election, or a ...
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Mexican Tycoon Exploited Super PACs to Influence U.S. Elections (Foreign Policy Feds) • BY John Hudson • FEBRUARY 11, 2014 - 06:08 PM In a first of its kind case, federal prosecutors say a Mexican businessman funnelled more than $500,000 into U.S. political races through Super PACs and various shell companies. The alleged financial scheme is the first known instance of a foreign national exploiting the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in order to influence U.S. elections. If proven, the campaign finance scandal could reshape the public debate over the high court's landmark decision. Until now, allegations surrounding Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, the owner of multiple construction companies in Mexico, have not spread beyond local news outlets in San Diego, where he's accused of bankrolling a handful of southern California candidates. But the scandal is beginning to attract national interest as it ensnares a U.S. congressman, a Washington, D.C.-based campaign firm and the legacy of one of the most ...
if you put a spotlight on the state of North Carolina, then you will understand why we say that the republicans ( especially the extreme right ) are the fascists or the neo-Nazis of our political theater. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, the handiwork of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, which declared that corporations are people and money is free speech and enabled corporations and individuals to spend unlimited amounts of often untraceable money—what’s now called "Dark Money". and thanks to the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the Americans for Prosperity ( corporate ideological Think Tanks that promote their particular brand of libertarian politics/economics ) for incorporating their right wing propaganda into the North Carolina media outlets... and thanks to Art Pope and the Koch Brothers for financing the ultra right wing political establishment... the Republicans now control the governorship and both houses of the Legislature, where they have a veto-proof majori ...
Arguing it would restore democracy, two top House Democrats pushed for sweeping legislation to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United speech case, including a Constitutional Amendment limiting campaign contributions and instituting a taxpayer-financing system.
Why do democrats keep insulting the intelligence of its own constituency? A few months back I wrote a piece about Citizens United, and how there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Supreme Court decision. But I keep hearing the same nonsense from the left over and over again about the danger that Citizens United poses to democracy. Well, let me make this clear one more time; Capitalism breeds inequality in all aspects and at all levels of society, and that also includes the electoral process. A citizen making $8 dollars an hour will never have the same impact on the democratic process as a billionaire, period. Whether wealth allows one to effectuate politics through direct donations to campaigns as the Koch Brothers have done, or through buying mega media outlets as Rupert Murdoch has done is irrelevant, what matters is that both approaches have the same end result. What the left needs to do is to get in the game, and to stop insulting the intelligence of its constituents. When Bill Mayer donated a milli ...
WE HIT THE STREETS TOMORROW AFTER THE KICK-OFF TO BEGIN COLLECTING SIGNATURES. This year Sonoma County is one of four California counties pushing to get an initiative on the ballot calling for a Constitutional Amendment stating "Corporations are NOT people, and money is NOT free speech." Mendocino County was the first to do this. If we all succeed this year 10% of California counties will be on board telling the Supreme Court their Citizens United decision was wrong: unlimited, anonymous campaign spending by corporations is not acceptable! Please join us at 10:00am at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. Daniel Solnit, political organizer and former campaign manager for GE-free Sonoma County, will be teaching volunteers his ‘best practices’ for engaging the public and collecting signatures. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends, old and new, at this event!
Sen. Chuck Schumer has had a bee in his bonnet ever since 2010, when the Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that independent campaign expenditures by third- party groups are protected under the First Amendment. In a recent speech, the New York Democrat came out swinging against the…
Republican millionaires John Isaacs & Guy Stevens via clw.bounces.plusthree.com CLW Dear Dr. Gregory, Money in politics: Millionaires and wealthy donors have always had an advantage in American elections, but in recent years, the problem has only become worse. This week marked the 4th anniversary of Citizens United – the disastrous Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to spend unlimited, undisclosed money on political campaigns. The massive amounts spent in political campaigns are damaging to our democracy. Now, two of our Senate candidates are being challenged by wealthy businessmen who can multiply the huge sums of their own money they pour into their campaigns with unlimited corporate contributions. Al Franken and Tom Udall are two of the Senate’s most progressive leaders. We can’t lose them to wealthy opponents: can you contribute $20 to keep them in office? Al Franken left a career in comedy to run for Senate because he’s a true believer in progressive politics. Maybe because he’ ...
Since the US Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United ruling four years ago, politicians have been flush with cash. Now Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and former Gov. Bob Mcdonnell (R-Va.) embroiled in political scandals: Christie for lane closures that critics say his administration used to punish a mayor for not supporting him, and McDonnell for using the governor’s status to obtain luxury gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman, according to a federal indictment of him and his wife. RT’s Ameera David sits down with The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann host Thom Hartmann, author of “The Crash of 2016” to talk about the McDonnell case and the influx of money in politics.
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United over the Federal Election Commission, Democrats expressed concern over what it could mean to the political environment of the country.  Instead of elected officials focusing on carrying out their...
I was proud and honored to join my friend and colleague, Congressman John Sarbanes, Brian Walsh of Americans for Campaign Reform and other local leaders for a roundtable discussion on campaign finance reform this afternoon in Nashua. Now four years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, it's time to restore fairness and openness to the electoral process.
After the Supreme Court defanged Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, there was chatter about a congressional effort to fix it. The chatter was easy to dismiss. If a Democratic Congress couldn't amend campaign finance law after Citizens United, how would a divided Congress fix voting rights, when the...
EXCELLENT !! BRAVO. Thank you Michelel Austin. "This documentary is long but well worth watching,if you haven't seen it before. It is from 2008. If you want to learn more about Hillary and Bill, this definitely gives you insight into just how devious and corrupt they are. This video is what set off the 'Citizens United' case that went to the Supreme Court and Citizens United won. "I read that there's a new documentary that is in the works that will be ready before the next Presidential Election that details even more about Hillary. "With nearly 40 in-depth interviews with experts, opinion makers, and many of the people who personally locked horns with the Clintons, this is the film you need! "The cast to end all casts includes: *** Morris, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Jeff Gerth, Buzz Patterson, Michael Barone, Billy Dale, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Tony Blankley, *** Armey, Bay Buchanan, Joe Connor, Mark Levin, Frank Gaffney, Peter Paul, Gary Aldrich, Dan Burton, John Mica, Michael Medved, Kathleen Willey, Kate ...
Do you know how Supreme Court Justices are appointed in the US? Are you familiar with "Citizens United" the supreme court decision? Do you know which party is openly “pro (big) business,” and which candidate had BANKS as his top five or more contributors? “Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere.” Benito Mussolini, 1935, The Doctrine of Fascism, Firenze: Vallecchi Editore. (p. 32) "500 People Will Control American Democracy" If Supreme Court Overturns Campaign Finance Law
The Supreme Court will decide McCutcheon v Federal Elections Commission sometime next year. The case has huge implications for campaign contribution limits. Based on our experience with Citizens United, we hold little hope that this Court will rule in favor of protecting democracy. Move To Amend has already established the Pledge to Resist campaign, and will provide analysis, tools, and resources should the Court strike down the limits. Whatever happens, we will need to act rapidly in a coordinated effort. It all takes time and resources. For us to be as effective as we were following Citizens United, we require your financial support. It’s no simple thing to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Americans!
Given that the current Supreme Court has been packed with Right Wing Ideologues nominated by Republicans Presidents (Scalia - Reagan; Thomas - Bush I; Roberts and Alito - Bush II) that have served their "conservative masters" will: Scalia "handing" the Presidency to Bush II (don't think he didn't realize that two to three nominations were possible and he wanted a Republican President); the list of pro-business rulings that directly impact the Middle Class is enormous; Citizens United now sells elected office to the highest bidder (repealed a law that had stood for over 100 years); Repeal of portions of the Voting Rights Act..the list is endless. This court has been the MOST activist court in my life time. I hear not a peep from the Republicans about a "packed court". The Hypocrisy is beyond belief. Please don't be fooled by the fallacious argument that both sides are equal in this - hypocrisy has, unfortunately, been a part of politics since the first caveman stood on a rock to address his fellow cavem .. ...
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.Voting Rights Act and Citizens United decisions by Supreme Court are both disastrous decisions. And Congress must act
Refer to 2010 Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. Basically, corporations are treated as
Former Presidential candidate (and Republican)... Calling out Supreme Court for Citizens United decision.
Wauwatosa Move To Amend Petition Drive Sat, June 29 and July 6, 10am – 4pm Where: United Wisconsin, 7026 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa Grassroots petition drive for a referendum in Wauwatosa to reverse the Citizens United campaign finance decision of the Supreme Court with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Volunteers are needed to canvass door-to-door for signatures. Shifts begin at 10 am and 1 pm. Sponsored by Grassroots Tosa, Move To Amend-Milwaukee, and United Wisconsin.
In a few weeks the nation will celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, but the Supreme Court has already dealt it a major setback by overturning Congress's decision as recently as 2006 to require historically discriminatory states to meet certain requirements before changing their voting laws. Make no mistake: "Shelby County v. Holder" is a clear signal to regressives to continue to use voter ID laws, gerrymandering against minorities, and targeting of minorities for removal from voting rolls, to try to hold back the demographic tide of minority voting in America. The Republican-appointed majority on the Court is on the wrong side of history. Like its disgraceful "Citizens United" decision, giving corporations the rights of citizens under the First Amendment, this one also makes a mockery of the true meaning of citizenship in our democracy.
What a disturbing NBC newscast to wake up to this morning (12-hour time difference between US East Coast and Hong Kong): 1. SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) has ruled that the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer applicable in certain parts of certain states! LBJ, who signed the Bill into law (after JFK initiated it) must be rolling in his grave. The Tea Party types and the right-wing nuts must be jumping up and down with joy! How quickly have we forgotten the selection (NOT election!) of George W. Bush over Al Gore as President in 2000! According to the NBC report, some districts in the South and West (e.g. Alabama, Arizona and parts of California) have already reinstated voters' ID requirement before one is allowed to cast a ballot! This isn't progress, it's back to Jim Crow! 2. It's not the first time SCOTUS screwed up bad in recent months. Remember its monumental SNAFU in ruling that Citizens United, a super PAC if ever there were one, is the same as an individual American and is therefore p ...
Get Big Money out of Politics: Citizens United v Democracy What Can You Do About It? Join us at Our June 29th Kickoff Date As Move To Amend Comes to Shorewood and Whitefish Bay Where: Sweet and Associates Law Offices at 2510 E. Capitol Drive. When: 10 am to 5:00 pm The 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court changed our country, but people are working to take power back from corporations that donate endless streams of money to candidates. Fifteen states have all called for an amendment to overturn Citizens United. The legislatures have gone on record and the governors have signed, even in four Republican states, because the people brought pressure on their legislators by saying “We will notice if you do not support this. You cannot say we have not spoken; we have.” Wisconsin has begun the process by passing a series of referendums designed to press the legislature for a state ballot referendum. Local ballot referendums have already been passed in: Dane County, Dunn County, Chippewa County . ...
Citizens United Constitutional Amendments Introduced In The Senate Jun. 19, 2013 WASHINGTON -- Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) on Tuesday each proposed Constitutional Amendments aimed at reforming the campaign finance system. Tester introduced an amendment that would end Corporate Personhood rights, overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Tester's measure is similar to the "People's Rights Amendment" that Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced in the House. Udall's bill would give Congress and the states the ability to limit spending in election campaigns, similar to another McGovern bill in the House. "James Madison argued that the U.S. Constitution should be amended only on ‘great and extraordinary occasions,'" Udall said at a Tuesday press conference announcing his amendment. "I believe we have reached one of those occasions. Our elections no longer focus on the best ideas, but the biggest bank accounts, and Americans’ right to free speech should not be determine ...
As usual, perpetual Republican apologist Dave Kearsley’s opinions are based on utter falsehoods. First, President Barack Obama is NOT “the product of Chicago-style politics” – which refers to the tactics of the political machine dominated by Mayor Richard C. Daley and which ended some 25 years ago. Rather, as Dave’s failed VP choice Sarah Palin noted, Obama was a “community organizer” – the antithesis of “Chicago-style politics”. Second, President Obama did not “attack the Supreme Court Justices . . . for their support of free speech in their Citizens United decision”, but – as a constitutional law professor – criticized the decision for relying on dubious legal precedent to equate money (a form of property) with “speech” and naively minimizing the adverse consequences of allowing unlimited anonymous personal and corporate contributions to dominate our elections. Third, the IRS did not “target the organizations protected by this decision”, but rather ineptly flagged gr ...
Frankly, it's about *** time for this... My money says that the Supreme Court is poised next month to gut the Voting Rights Act. What Citizens United did more than it did anything else was to unleash the habits of oligarchy within our elections to an extent unseen since the last Gilded Age.
Notice the date, Welsh was laying ground cover for the WH since they had already raped most Tea Partys and large contributors to the Republican Party. Welch leads 32 Democrats in effort to crack down on Wild West campaign atmosphere in post-Citizens United World Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:12 Group urges IRS to crackdown on 501c4s and President to make recess appointments to the FEC With the explosion of Super PAC spending in the presidential primary providing a troubling preview of coming attractions, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today led 32 House Democrats in an effort to get federal watchdogs back on the beat in the post-Citizens United world. “The spigots of spending have been opened and the rules of the campaign road are muddier now than ever before,” Welch said. “While we work to overturn the horribly misguided Supreme Court decision, federal agencies should send a clear signal that there is a cop on the beat enforcing federal laws.” Welch and his colleagues are calling on the Inte ...
PBS Killed Wisconsin Uprising Documentary "Citizen Koch" To Appease Koch Brothers Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:19 By Brendan Fischer, PRWatch | Report 355 font size Print Email (Photo: Elsewhere Films) "Citizen Koch," a documentary about money in politics focused on the Wisconsin uprising, was shunned by PBS for fear of offending billionaire industrialist David Koch, who has given $23 million to public television, according to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. The dispute highlights the increasing role of private money in "public" television and raises even further concerns about the Kochs potentially purchasing eight major Daily Newspapers. The film from Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin documents how the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision helped pave the way for secret political spending by players like the Kochs, who contributed directly and indirectly to the election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2010 and came to his aid again when the battle broke out over his effo ...
The extraordinary revelation this week that the Internal Revenue Service targeted Tea Party groups for more aggressive enforcement highlights exactly why caution is needed in any response to the much-vilified Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v.
At event this evening Daniel Rose of Rose Associates says Citizens United was the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.
Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.
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Anyone know what this guy said that has the judge's tighty whities in a twist? INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana man is in the middle of a free speech controversy about his conviction for intimidation for blog posts he made against a judge who handled his divorce. Dan Brewington was convicted in 2011 of going beyond the limits of protected free speech and imprisoned on charges that he posted online rants against his divorce judge. Authorities say some of Brewington's posts were threats. Brewington said he didn't mean for them to be taken literally. Supporters ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the conservative lawyer behind the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling on campaign finance law are asking Indiana's top court to review a lower court ruling that upheld Dan Brewington's 2011 conviction for intimidation. Critics say the ruling upholding Brewington's conviction was based on his verbal attacks, not potential violence, and could endanger the right to criticize public officials . ...
This just in, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced today that Congress is hopelessly bankrupt with no resolution in sight, so he has appointed an Emergency Manager to take over the operation of Congress and straighten it out. The new Manager, Bozo The Clown, stated, "I am honored by the faith Governor Snyder has placed in me. I've come out of retirement to take on this challenging task. I am pleased that Governor Snyder has recognized the need for a professional clown to get in there and clean up the mess left by all those amateur clowns. There are times in the clown business when you just have to bite the bullet and call in a true professional, and I'm the clown for the job." Sean Hannity issued a statement objecting to being passed over for the job, pointing out "I'm twice the clown he is!" In further news, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it is rolling back Citizens United and the Heller decisions in the aftermath of the discovery that all this time Justice Antonin Scalia has been a cleve ...
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey mentioned Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case allowing unlimited political ad spending, in the same breath as the Dred Scott decision, the 1858 Supreme Court keeping slavery legal by saying it was OK for white people to keep black people as their private property.…
Since the Supreme Court' ruling in Citizens United, corporations have been pouring money into almost every election in order to buy control of every corner of our country. This could all be stopped within 90 short days. All it would take is for the Federal Communications Commission to develop a spine. It would be for the FCC to expose this corruption, if they just had the gumption to do their jobs by enforcing a a campaign finance disclosure requirement that they've allowed to lay dormant for more than 20 years. Section 317 of the Communications Act (47 USC § 317) requires on-air identification of the sponsors of all advertisements, political as well as commercial.
Outrageous Statement of the Day: Ed Markey Democrat Rep. Ed Markey, who is running for John Kerry's open Senate seat in Massachusetts, came up with a pretty boneheaded comment. In trying to express his outrage with the Supreme Court's Citizen's United case regarding campaign finance laws, Markey said the following: "The constitution must be amended. The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United." Really Congressman? You are going to compare the Citizens United decision to the court's decision to uphold slavery? If a Republican were to make a remark comparing any decision to that of the horrendous Dred Scott decision, there would be outrage among liberals, Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus or any other group who finds it offensive to compare nearly anything to slavery. For more on Markey's outrageous comments, Today's "Hot Topic" On The Hannity Forums: Study: Conservatives More Likely to Feel Disgust - Chuangtzu Several studies would appear to indicate that the emoti ...
We are celebrating a historic moment: This week Move To Amend's WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT was introduced in Congress! Our Congressional partners are Rick Nolan (MN) and Mark Pocan (WI). Representatives Nolan and Pocan are the first Congresspeople to stand up for the only solution that will return government control to “we the people.” We thank them for supporting Move To Amend’s effort and for their commitment to American democracy. The We the People Amendment is neither the First Amendment which addresses Citizens United, nor will it be the last to be introduced in this session of Congress. However, it is the only amendment that deals with myriad Supreme Court decisions granting constitutional rights to corporations and defining money as speech. The introduction of the We the People Amendment is a momentous opportunity to shine a spotlight on corporate rule and bring others to the Move To Amend cause. Welcome to all of the thousands of new people who have signed up this week to participate in the ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress ReleaseAHRC-PRL-004-2013 PAKISTAN: Withdraw blasphemy charges against Sherry Rehman - the country's latest ambassador to the USA  (Hong Kong, 25 January 2013) The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its effort to gain popularity with the fundamentalists, has admitted a petition filed against Islamabad's ambassador to the United States of America for committing blasphemy by demanding the withdrawal of the death sentence from the blasphemy laws. The petition was filed by a business man from Multan, Punjab province. Mr. Faheem Akhtar Gill was infuriated after watching an interview of Mrs. Rehman and tried to lodge a case against her for committing blasphemy with the police. When, initially the police refused to accept the case he filed cases on different occasions in a session court and then finally in the High Court of Punjab where the honourable judges also rejected his plea to book Rehman. However the Supreme Court (SC) has taken up Gill's petition against Rehman for regular hearing ...
Supreme Court: Plessy, Scopes, Warren Commission, 2000 election, Citizens United. You're all fired. Not good lawyers.
In sponsored by We The People: "On Tuesday, Jan. 29: a public lecture by Matthew McGill, the attorney who authored the winning brief in controversial Citizens United Supreme Court case. This March, McGill will be back at the Supreme Court defending marriage equality when he represents two same-sex couples challenging California's Proposition 8. On Wednesday, Jan. 30: a panel discussion looking at the issue of prison privatization in NH. State correction officials are currently reviewing proposals from for-profit companies seeking to build and operate a prison here in NH. We've lined up a terrific, five-person panel of NH civic and church leaders, as well as the executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University. Should be a very enlightening discussion! Locations: Citizens United lecture by Supreme Court Attorney Matthew McGill Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Phillips Exeter Academy Academy Building Assembly Hall (2nd floor) Front Street Exeter Prison Privatization Panel Di ...
Last May Move To Amend-South Central Indiana co-sponsored a play, “The Prosecution of Judge Waite,” about the Chief Justice in the 1886 Supreme Court decision mistakenly cited as the legal precedent for Corporate Personhood. Now in production is a play by the same author about Associate Justice Lewis Powell. Powell masterminded the counterattack against the great regulatory reforms of the 1970s, and paved the way to Citizens United in 2010. What: “Mr. Powell Writes a Memo,” by James Allison. When: March 1 and 2, 2013, 7 p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana. Admission and reception: Free.
Political spending set new records in 2012, which saw the first Presidential Election since the Supreme Court s landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
Our Ultimate Goal: To restore true democracy in the United States by pressuring our State Representatives to pass a much needed 28th Amendment to our Constitution which would end Corporate Personhood and publicly finance all elections in our country. There are only 2 ways to amend the Constitution. (1) Go through our Federal Government (2) Go through our State Legislators via a Constitutional Convention. Wolf PAC believes that we can no longer count on our Federal Government to do what is in the best interest of the American people due to the unfettered amount of money they receive from outside organizations to fund their campaigns. We point to the failure of the Disclose Act as rock solid evidence that this would be a total waste of our time, effort, and money. We also point to the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to not even hear a case filed by Montana claiming it did not have to abide by Citizens United, as proof that state legislation is not a suffient measure to solve this problem. We bel ...
"Historians are often asked what the Founders would think about various aspects of contemporary life. Such questions can be tricky to answer. But as historians of the Revolutionary era we are confident at least of this: that the authors of the Second Amendment would be flabbergasted to learn that in endorsing the republican principle of a well-regulated militia, they were also precluding restrictions on such potentially dangerous property as firearms, which governments had always regulated when there was “real danger of public injury from individuals.”* *(A group of Pulitzer-Prize winning American legal historians from Stanford, University of Chicago, Princeton, Ohio State, MIT, University of Virginia, University of Michigan and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, giving expert testimony to the Supreme Court in 2008)
The next big fix after the voting mess, should be the money spent on Presidential Elections. President Obama’s campaign and his supporters have spent $931 million, while those supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney have spent more than $1 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. I have just read that a big chunk of the money came from uber-wealthy, according to election experts. Some 149 super-rich donors gave $500,000 or more, contributing $290 million of the funds raised. Repealing the Citizens United decision should be a priority considering that in the Obama's second term, several conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices could retire. It will be interesting to watch if striking the Citizens United decision will succeed and if this White House and the democratic operatives will pursue this cause. Spending close to $6 billion (according to some estimates) on the elections is OBSCENE!
As John Mccain launched his first run for the White House in 1999, he was forced to confront the Keating Five scandal that nearly ended his political career. "The fact is, it was the wrong thing to do," McCain acknowledged, "and it will be on my tombstone and deservedly so." As it turns out, John Mccain didn't just speak too soon; he's going to need a much larger tombstone. After all, in 2008 McCain invented Sarah Palin, an unqualified, petty partisan whose elevation to vice president would have jeopardized the country he claimed to "put first." But while McCain etched that two word addition to his epitaph, in 2010 the Supreme Court in Citizens United erased another, gutting the campaign finance reforms that had been his penance for his S&L sins. Now, as the same man who was wrong about almost every national security issue of the past decade rages at President Obama over Libya, Iraq and Iran, the debasement of John Mccain is complete. To be sure, McCain's devolution from "the Maverick" to a bitter, sore l ...
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I am extremely upset about the Supreme Court deciding to look at and possibly overturn the Civil Rights Act. This is Republican led action to suppress the vote of those who have been able to stand up and make their voices heard. This country has NOT "come a long way, baby". The white folks need to stop their racism and accept the fact that the entire world is changing, becoming more tolerant, and in the United States, most people are NOT angry with the Latinos and African Americans. So the white folks had better get their heads on straight and accept the facts. And the Supreme Court, as they look at the Civil Rights Act, would be wise to let it stand as is. There is no need to rush. This Act was put in place to protect the voting rights of minorities. If it is removed or made weaker, who is the winner? Certainly not minorities. The only winner will be the Republican Party. The Supreme Court screwed around with us regarding Citizens United, and corporations and the super-pacs lost. SO DID THE SU ...
A Return to Judicial Activism What Obama’s second term means for the courts 8 November 2012 Tuesday’s election victory means that President Obama will have four more years to reshape the federal judiciary. While it remains to be seen whether he can achieve any legislative victories in the face of Republican opposition, there is little doubt that he will, for the most part, get to appoint the judges of his choice. Four justices on the Supreme Court are in their mid- to late seventies now: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Stephen Breyer. With past as prelude, we can expect any Obama nominees to be reliably liberal in the mold of his two appointments from the first term, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. At a minimum, the president will likely replace the aging liberals Ginsburg and Breyer with younger models. But it’s also possible that Kennedy or Scalia, or both, could leave the bench during the next four years, presenting Obama with an opportunity to forge a liberal ...
Now the ever-busy U.S. Supreme Court announces that it may "revisit" or "review" the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chief Justice Roberts says he questions whether there is even any need for Section 5, since "Voter Suppression" seems to be a thing of the past. Is he crazy? Does he live in a solipsistic "alternate universe"? Does he read the Daily Newspapers? He hasn't noticed a systematic and nationwide effort to suppress the vote by any and all means? Is he living in a bubble, fed by ozone and helium? I'm sure that Alito, Scalia, and Thomas, with their 1920's views, agree with Roberts. If the election had gone the other way, rightwing extremists would be named, one by one, as associate justices retired or died. Pronouncements like "Citizens United"--and worse--would follow. That would mean the slow but certain death of American democracy.
We, the American people have proven to ourselves, and the world, that our White House is not for sale. Despite the wrong minded decision of the Supreme Court on Citizens United, despite the millions and millions of dollars spent by groups representing big money, they failed in their attempt to make our country into a plutocracy. The citizens now know that they do have the power to stop injustices. We have the president that the majority of us wanted, and big money has nothing for their major investments in trying to sway this Presidential Election. Now that we know we have the power, there is no time to loose. It is time that we go, step by step, inch by inch, state by state, and let our representives know in no uncertain terms, that we are mad as *** and we are not going to take it anymore. Forget about Grover Norquist, forget about that rich supporter, you had better start paying attention to us, the citizens. We are watching you. We are paying attention. We are fired up, and we are ready to ...
THE CITIZENS UNITED AFFECT: Since it is now clear that Sheldon Adelson and his billionaire gang of Republican Party donors, got bupkis for their money, couldn't Citizen United advocates argue that the Supreme Court's decision allowing unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations had no effect on the outcome of the election? Adelson's millions yielded a bucket-full of defeats. The Koch Brothers dough may have kept some GOP candidates afloat, but in the end his money amounted to not much of anything. I still think Citizens United should be overturned, but the Republicans do have an argument. As Kurt Vonnegut observes repeatedly in "Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death," "So it goes."
All progressives have great reason to rejoice this day. Not only did we re-elect the true change candidate; but we elected Elizabeth Warren, Claire Mc Caskill, Tammy Duckworth, my man Sherrod Brown, Alan Grayson, Tim Kaine; all of them warriors for the working class. Healthcare reform will stay! Equal pay for equal work! No repeal of Roe V. Wade! And, most important of all, President Obama, a bold progressive with a heart for justice, will appoint at least one new Justice to the Supreme Court! This is HUGE! We can roll back Citizens United, and prevent wealthy plutocrats from buying our electoral process. We can swing the balance of power away from the one per cent and toward the 99%. Power to the people!
The power of ego is what drives the GPO to be like the Soviet styles of government. Recently, the Koch Brothers instructed their 45,000 employees of Georgia Pacific to vote for Romney or lose your jobs. This interference by cooperation was given by the Supreme Court to The Citizens United who strong-arms their employees to vote as they say. I don’t buy the argument that letting a company give voting instructions to workers is the same as a union telling members how to vote. A union cannot fire a member from their job. A company can easily fire an employee. I wonder what would happen if President Obama told all the federal workers including the military that to vote for any republican candidate in any race would mean some of them would lose their jobs and benefits. There would be extreme rending of garments and cries of foul the talks shows would be screaming about malfeasance. How would this be any different from other bosses telling their employees how to vote? The Supreme Court’s Citizens United rul ...
Romney's closing argument to the American people: "I represent 'real change.'" He trumpeted this message at an event in Ohio (where else?) with 100+ Republican officials. Headlining the event: Condoleeza Rice (Bush II's Secretary of State), Elaine Chao (Bush II's Labor Secretary), Tom Ridge (Bush II's Homeland Security Director), Rob Portman (Bush II's budget director), & John Boehner (current House Speaker & Crybaby-in-Chief). Change? Really? Did the Democrats cast this thing? (BTW, 17 of Romney's foreign policy advisors are Bush II holdovers. You no doubt recall how well Bush II's foreign policy worked out.) We cannot allow this guy to be president (appointing Supreme Court Justices to repeal Roe V. Wade & expand on Citizens United...thereby expanding the power of Wall Street & multi-national corporations). Nor can we afford to allow Republicans to take control of the Senate (where they already obstruct progress via unprecedented use of the filibuster making 60 votes...not a simple majority of ...
The Baltimore Sun endorses Obama for president. Barack Obama rescued an economy in crisis and restored our global leadership; he offers a chance for a secure, sustainable future. "We can't be sure which Mitt Romney would occupy the White House. But we can evaluate his campaign promises. He has supported changes to Medicare that would erode the strength of the system for current enrollees and leave future recipients short of the care they need in old age. He would transfer control of Medicaid — which provides nursing home care and aid to the disabled in addition to Health Care for the poor — to the states, and severely cut federal support in the process. He would appoint Supreme Court Justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, which would all but guarantee a reversal of Roe V. Wade and more conservative judicial activism along the lines of Citizens United. And he would repeal Obamacare, leaving millions without health insurance and eliminating any realistic mechanism for ...
A HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF OUR COUNTRY, By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., EcoWatch - 29 October 12: "American democracy is under assault. In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election. Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrained corporate profiteering. The senators and congressmen they fund and elect are not representing the United States-they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government. I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous. We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical. The most corporate-friendly Supreme Court since the Gilded Age had declared in its notorious Citizens United decision that corporations are people and that money is speech. Thos ...
WRONG Dred Scott is..."Castle: Citizens United is the "worst decision the Supreme Court has ever made."
You can read about Senator Bernie Sanders effort to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision here:...
Anybody see Front Line last night? It was all about the people behind Citizens United, which will turn out to be one of the worst rulings the Supreme Court ever made. Shame on them.
As feared, our people's democratic authority has been dogged nearly to death by the hounds of money in this election go 'round, thanks to the Supreme Court's reckless decree in the now-infamous Citizens United case. That rank political power play by five right-wing biased, black-robed judicial partisans unleashed the Big Dogs of corporate money to bite democracy right in the butt this year, poisoning our elections with the venom of unlimited special-interest cash. But there's also been another, little-reported consequence of the malevolent Citizens United decision: It has unleashed mad-dog corporate bosses to tell employees how to vote. Prior to that 2010 Court ruling, top executives were barred by federal law from using corporate funds to instruct, induce, intimidate or otherwise push workers to support particular candidates. No more, thanks to the five Supreme's. Having been given a legal pass, bosses have openly and aggressively conscripted employees to be political storm troopers for corporate-backed ...
It's not just about Big Bird. Tonight PBS's "Frontline" focused on undisclosed campaign financing and the recent Supreme Court decision re Citizens United. If Romney wins, we can kiss "Frontline" good-bye and get used to more undisclosed attack ads.
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Tonight on PBS Channel 16 at 11pm (or online) - Big Sky, Big Money: How has the Supreme Court's Citizens United...
Chevron Corp. donated the money on Oct. 7 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC focused on House races with close ties to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The gift appears to be the largest contribution from a publicly traded corporation to a political group since the Supreme Court ruled i...
Oligarchy-Where the government is not of the people, by the people, for the people but of the business sector, by the bussiness sector, for the business sector. Our government is being bought and paid for by billionaires to perform against our interests. Citizens United abortive Supreme Court decision is a license to steal this election. Remember that decision and how it could get much worse with new Justices appointed by Mitt Romney. We could be a wholly own subsidiary of Kock Industries, Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove, to mention a few.
The new Supreme Court under Mitt Romney will take away a woman's right to choose, reinstate ban on *** in military, consider overturning Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and give religion a greater say in public policy. They will open Citizens United even wider, and will reinstate new states' rights rules, giving your local government even more power over you. And Romney will continue to outsource jobs and lower taxes on the very rich. That's what's in store if you elect him. Don't. Vote Obama.
I'm really shocked by this one. It's like we are back in the Gilded Age when your boss stood at the polls and you had to say out loud who you were voting for. Very coercive whichever party the boss supports and another reason that Citizens United is a black spot on the Supreme Court's record.
It's true that Chevron continues to secretly fund a political attack campaign against environmental champion Fran Pavley in her race for California State Senate, and I wanted to add something to Mike's revealing email (if you missed it, see below). Chevron's attacks aren't limited to just one race. Big Oil and polluter interests are betting against environmental candidates throughout California. They see a big opportunity to elect lawmakers who will roll back the important rules and laws that protect our air, land and water. They are taking advantage of loose campaign finance laws (resulting from the Supreme Court's terrible Citizens United decision) that have tilted the political playing field in their favor. The California League of Conservation Voters is fighting back, and we need your help. We've stood by Senator Fran Pavley from day one, and we will keep campaigning for pro-environment candidates up and down the state. But we're only as strong as our grassroots support from people like you –
Phil Kabler makes an interesting observation in the Charleston Gazette: With no limits on how much special interest PACs can raise and spend, thanks to the Citizens United decision, its not hard to envision that in a small state like West Virginia -- where there's not a lot of big-money campaigns, once you get beyond congressional, gubernatorial and occasional Supreme Court races -- that ultimately, the super-PACs and not the candidates will effectively run the campaigns. It's happening this year in the attorney general's race, where the campaigns of Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey have barely exceeded the half-million mark combined. Yet, the Mountaineer Center for Fairness and Justice -- the political action arm of the Democratic Attorney Generals Association, and funded largely through contributions from trial lawyers -- has spent $345,000 on ads attacking Morrisey. But that's nothing. Last week, the Center for Individual Freedom, also based in metro-Washington ...
As usual, I'm posting my not-so-secret ballot, with a brief explanation of each decision. U.S. President and Vice-President: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. This is the easiest decision of all. Romney has proven to be an excellent businessman capable of turning around troubled companies, many of which were in even worse shape than the U.S. economy is right now. Obama, by contrast, has proven to be an unmitigated disaster. He campaigned against President Bush's obscene deficits, only to double them under an ill-conceived "stimulus" bill that stimulated nothing. He abandoned the good guys first in Iran, then across the Middle East, including our own embassies, and lied for weeks to cover it up. If that wasn't bad enough, he has preserved the fragile 5-4 balance on the Supreme Court that came within one vote of gutting the First Amendment in Citizens United and American Tradition Partnership, and of abolishing the Second Amendment outright by judicial fiat in Heller and McDonald. Romney is a strong candid ...
Just had a call from Citizens United in conjunction with [FoxFreak] *** Morris "excited" to offer me an opportunity to listen to a description of a brand new movie that "will destroy Obama..." Citizens United of course is a front group for the Koch Bros, US Chamber of Commerce, et al working to undermine democracy, which came to public attention when the unsuccessfully tried to block Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 in 2004. In 2008 they came out with an insidious attack "documentary" to destroy Hilary Clinton's campaign for the presidency. The case ended up in the infamous Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited secret monies to pour into the election process, and ruled that corporations are people too. I suspect most people are aware that *** Morris is a regular contributor to GOP/FOX. Apparently most of his ardent fans have forgotten or ignore the fact that he was a top level White House adviser and supporter of the Clintons who was forced to resign when it became known he was a frequent c . ...
Every election cycle, the Democratic presidential nominee inexplicably fails to talk about the consequences of the next Supreme Court justice being appointed by a Republican president. The only time I ever heard John Kerry address the issue was at a private fundraiser. He never made an issue of it in his campaign ads or during the debates. And look what happened: John Roberts and Sam Alito. And a succession of ghastly, "activist" right wing ideological decisions inevitably followed. Lilly Ledbetter and Citizens United were just the ones that received the most attention from the press. But there were numerous other 5-4 atrocities that were shocking in their disingenuousness, their brazen ideological bent, and the downright cruelty of their effects. Essentially, the court was dispensing miscarriages of justice at a pace approaching the speed of light. The one campaign promise that George W. Bush made good on was that he would "appoint justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas." That he did. The result was f ...
Who is trying to buy this election? Thanks to the Supreme Court you will never know, but read this for an idea. "For donors who wanted to spend money on politics but perhaps not have their names disclosed publicly, the (c)(4) option was much more attractive," says Mason. Soon after Citizens United, Karl Rove and other Republican Party leaders founded the 501(c)(4) Crossroads GPS and the superPAC American Crossroads. They became the biggest outside advertisers for Romney, spending an estimated $70 million since April attacking President Obama on TV. More than half of the money has flowed secretly through Crossroads GPS. Earlier in the election cycle, tax returns from Crossroads GPS showed that nearly 90 percent of its funds came from as few as 16 donors; two donors gave $10 million each. Yes, that Karl Rove, George Bush's closest political advisor.
Sunday, October 14th, 2012 | Posted by Gordon Duff Intel Drop: Sunday Morning, October 14, 2012 31 “Intel Drop” Can Mean so Many Things Plans Are In Motion to “Take Down” America by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor The “black dot” is on the United States. There really hasn’t been a country called the United States for some years. Our constitution, flawed and inadequate failed entirely when it came to protecting us from a series of coups through assassinations, rigged elections and false flag terrorism. The worst flaw, the US Supreme Court, 5 activist maniacs, the two ”America killing acts,” the 2000 election that brought us 9/11, the depression, the wars and “Citizens United,” which turned the US over to organized crime, no longer simply Meyer Lansky, the Bush Family, but something far more insidious. IRAQ – POSSIBLE POST US MOVE ON IRAN Iraq’s recent purchase of advanced air defense systems and other equipment from Russia is clearly a response to a deal cut in Baghdad between Iraq and ...
Here's my Letter to the Editor that was published in the Anchorage Daily News on 10/11/12: Arriving in Anchorage in 1955, I've watched as Alaska changed from a deeply blue state to a red state over the course of the 1970s. I hope I can impress on fellow Alaskans that your vote counts, especially in Presidential Elections. If I can convince 10 voters that’s true and those 10 can each convince 10 of their friends and so on, then I believe I've done what I can to allow voters to understand that when you vote for a president you also vote for the Supreme Court. If you are in the fishing industry and vote for a conservative president, you will see Supreme Court judges like those that side with Exxon (corporations) instead of Alaskan fishermen. If you are a voter, then you get Citizens United (corporations instead of voters), and if you are a woman you'll see judges appointed that side with the extreme right that believe that women shouldn't control their own bodies. Vote for your rights — vote Democratic. ...
Here's a very simple, straightforward summary of everything you need to know about the Presidential Election. Vote Republican if... 1. You want to privatize Medicare: Meaning seniors will not be able to afford their Health Care in their golden years which was why Medicare existed in the first place. 2. You want to privatize Social Security: This means you will entrust all of your retirement savings to Wall Street so they will make bank many times over, and hey, the stock market never goes down, right? 3. You want the government to control women's bodies from puberty through menopause. Women won't get contraception covered on their insurance so they have to buy it extra. They can be fired if they take it because it is the owner's choice. Roe v Wade will be overturned by the Supreme Court after Romney appoints 2 new Scalia-like justices. Oh, and most birth control and in-vitro fertilization will be outlawed by the Personhood Amendment so don't worry about contraception at all other than condoms. 4. ...
Couple slow economic recovery with our growing impatience, the overturn of Citizens United by the Supreme Court, Voter Suppression laws not be overturned in every single state who has a Republican't Governor, the Koch Bros. and other right-wing conservatives PACs spending obscene amounts of money and the extreme bigotry by the Republican'ts towards our first black President, combined are making this election nearly impossible for Pres. Obama to win! All we can do is vote to re-elect Pres. Obama and for a Democratic majority in Congress with which he can work and hope that truth and justice FINALLY prevails!
"I hope that you are well and getting riled up about the Romney-Ryan Campaign to Ruin America. As I considered the GOP Presidential race and its positions, I went from shocked to disgusted to angry. I intend to stay angry and committed till we finish this. If Romney wins, a woman’s life will be like an episode of Mad Men, Civil Rights will be flushed as Supreme Court Justices will be replaced with clones of that vicious little man Scalia, the EPA will be shuttered, Wall Street will run amok, people receiving government benefits from seniors to combat veterans with PTSD will be told “get off the dole, you slacker,” we’ll start another war in the Middle East (Syria and/or Iran), Citizens United will be just the first step in dismantling “one person-one vote” in the US, and a GOP-controlled House will steam-roll its anti-science, anti-environment and anti-freedom agenda to Romney’s desk for his eager signature. We can’t let this happen. We must step up, because all we need to do is get Democr ...
Apparently We need a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the "Citizens United" ruling by the not so "Supreme Court."
In yesterday’s Senate debate in Massachusetts, supposedly “moderate” Republican Sen. Scott Brown said his model Supreme Court justice is Antonin Scalia! Elizabeth Warren said hers was Elena Kagan. This is what Supreme Court expert Jeffrey Toobin had to say on those choices: “There is a huge difference between those justices ... that is the difference between Roe V. Wade being overturned or being upheld; it is the difference between Citizens United being upheld or being struck down.” Remember that when you go to the polls and pick your choices for Congress.
Anyone in Honolulu want to join me at 1:00-3:00 at the Blaisedell Center for "The ACLU's Take On the Supreme Court"? The National Director of ACLU will speak on: Citizens United, Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” Law, Health Care Reform and Warrantless GPS Tracking were controversial issues recently facing the U.S. Supreme Court. How did civil liberties fare? What important cases are on the horizon? Join the ACLU of Hawaii for the return of National ACLU Legal Director Steven Shapiro, a dynamic speaker and expert on the U.S. Supreme Court. An adjunct professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School.
Here's fatcat "Republican" CEOs sitting around during the McCain/Obama race in 08: "Naw, I didn't give McCain anymore scratch than the first handfull of chickenfeed. Shoot, why bother? The Little People ain't gonna hire no chick and they ain't gonna hire no black." But they did! So, the CEOs and fatcats fell off their chairs and got busy for the mid-term election in 2010! There was $59 million of "outside" money spent in the '06 mid-term. To not let things slide in 2010, that figure JUMPED to $282 MILLION! At the same time, the Scalia Court... oops, I mean Supreme Court... passed the "Citizens United" ruling that allows "Dark Money". And, of course, the Repukes also have the voting roles being purged and new "rules" set up to stop "certain people" from voting. But with all the lies, the immoral manuvering and law-making, and the cheating, and all the money spent this year. the CEOs LOST!! Ha Ha!!
For everyone decrying the negative impact of Corporate Personhood caused by "Citizens United" - a reminder. Corporate Personhood was not caused by "Citizens United" -- it's not new, nor is it the basis for the campaign finance fiasco we've seen recently. Corporate Personhood has been around since the late 1800's -- see the Supreme Court case "Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad." The "Citizens United" case did not rule on Corporate Personhood -- it merely (..."merely" ... ha!) struck down certain regulations on campaign spending. There are TWO problems that need to be fixed, not just one.
Senator Bernie Sanders is fighting AGAINST the Citizens United decision, made by the Supreme Court!
this news flash 'just in': Moveon.org is a corporation...gasp. But it hates corporations who make money, despite the fact it makes money. It rails against Romney for using the tax code to his benefit and avoid paying taxes, but Moveon itself is a 501c(4) organization which benefits from and uses the tax code to, get this, NOT PAY TAXES. As a corporation it benefits from the Citizens United decision that recognizes what has always been true, a corporation is a person for purposes of tax and free speech...duh. It hates Citizen United, but fails to tell people the decision also benefits UNIONS and allows them to have free speech... AND by the way, Moveon.org got its name from the era when Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.they wanted us to forget about such things and MOVEON.which we all did to Arkansas where the Supreme Court stripped Clinton of his law license for 5 years.so, yeah, lets all Moveon to some discussions using honest thoughts.ok?
Squander sends us this from James Howard Kunstler: The only issue in this election contest between Pee Wee Herman and Captain Kangaroo is how to do nothing to disturb the fantasy that we can keep living the way we do. I am coming to detest Mr. Obama for the unforgivable feats of doing absolutely nothing to oppose, resist, or remedy the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, and doing absolutely nothing to restore the rule-of-law in banking. Mr. Romney, at this point, can only be pitied as some kind of thought-experiment gone awry in an evil consumer product testing lab on a planet of oafs. His fecklessness has no modern analog. It's funny, but it is silly, in a way, to write that way. Name calling aside, all it ever has amounted to is the rich against the poor. Who is going to get the money.
The Supreme Court unleashed a completely lawless decision in Citizens United, so people like you and me came together in communities across the country to fight back. We need to support progressive legislators who will join our fight -- and that's exactly what our contest winner Chris Murphy will do if he wins his neck-and-neck race for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat. Chris has already introduced a commonsense bill in the House that would subject Supreme Court Justices to the same ethics standards of lower court judges -- and stop justices like Justice Thomas from ruling in cases where his close ties to wealthy donors and his wife's role in the Tea Party would cause a conflict. We have to make sure Chris Murphy wins his Senate race. Contribute $5 to help him today. The polls in this race are among the tightest in the nation, but this race is even more urgent for progressives because of the stakes. Chris's opponent isn't just influenced by big money -- she IS big money. The wealthy former CEO of WWE wres ...
It amazes me that people are shocked by the secret Mitt Romney video. Really? We know that’s how a small number of Americans think. They think they are better than us and that they deserve everything. They think this country belongs to them and that we are their servants. This reminds me a little bit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby,” although I have to say Mitt is no Gatsby. He’s as arrogant and snobbish as the rest of the folks in that video he’s trying convince to like him. The only thing is that I’m sure they don’t consider him one of them because of his religion and the fact that he keeps changing positions on issues on a daily basis. They are desperate though and they will do anything to continue rigging everything in their favor so Mitt will do. They have one big problem and that is that they are few in numbers. That’s why they made possible for the Supreme Court to pass Citizens United. This was something that the Koch Brothers and company knew they needed to do in order ...
Excuse me, but on last night's Colbert Report, did Jeffrey Toobin really say that the Supreme Court may take Citizens United even FURTHER by eliminating the need for a Super PAC and allowing contributions to go straight to the campaigns? I mean seriously, what the *** is going on with this country???
Tell Congress to overturn Citizens United and get special interest money out of our elections.
In screwed news...a new report reveals exactly why the Occupy Movement is still desperately needed in America. The report, written by an international commission chaired by Kofi Annan, sends a warning to the world's democracies, specifically the United States, about the corrupting influence of corporations and money in the democratic process. As the reports states, "The rise of uncontrolled political finance threatens to hollow out democracy everywhere and rob democracy of its unique strengths." The report directly calls out our Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which has, "shaken citizen confidence in America's political institutions and elections." As our nation attempts to bring American democracy to the Middle East with mixed results, this new report suggests we should be focusing on restoring our own democracy first, which has undergone a corporate coup de etat. Thom Hartman
Turn into Bill Moyers & Co. this week as they take on the extreme right-wing Supreme Court, Citizen's United and Carl Rove. 'The Nation' Takes on the One-Percent Court by John Light This week on the program, Bill spoke with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, and Jamie Raskin, an American University law professor and Democratic state senator from Maryland who wrote one of the essays appearing in this week’s special issue of The Nation. Titled “The One Percent Court,” the issue exposes favoritism the Roberts Court has shown toward Big Business. Here at BillMoyers.com, we’re excited to publish three of the essays that appear in “The One Percent Court.” The introduction to the issue was co-authored by Bill and historian Bernard Weisberger, and traces the Supreme Court’s consolidation of power from the institution’s beginning until today, when, as Bill and Weisberger write, SCOTUS has be
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“And may the odds be ever in your favor.” —Effie Trinket, announcer for the corporate state in The Hunger Games We live in what will surely come to be called the Citizens United era, a period in which a runaway corporatist ideology has overtaken Supreme Court jurisprudence.
I saw a whiskey ad on a local billboard this week. Is this a result of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision? What Supreme Court is making its own laws NOW? (I remember the old "Impeach Earl Warren" clamor from the right.) *** Republican Supreme Court is more activist than the Earl Warren Court ever was. I figure that MOST citizens are glad now that the Warren Court recognized the right to SOME privacy (from English COMMON LAW), but figure that NOBODY but corporate lackeys want corporations to have Human Rights. Somehow I doubt that Geo. Washington, Th. Jefferson, John Adams, etc. expected the Constitution to be INTREPRETED to include Human Rights for corporations. If the Republican Supreme Court had declared Obamacare unconstitutional, I would have been for taking up arms! Still, I'm not happy that Obamacare REQUIRES folks to buy healthcare. The insurance companies have to love that provision of Obamacare. Also, that provision will probably make it harder for us to get single-payer universal h ...
Prepare for the deluge of Citizens United money, coming to a TV station near you. Winning the prize for most short-sighted Supreme Court case of recent history; thanks a heap, Justice Kennedy.
Russell Simmons to Jay-Z ( President Obama outraised Romney by 2 million in August): If you look at the current Presidential Election, Money Mitt Romney and his buddies are spending 12 times that of President Obama in special interest money and/or Super PACs. Money Mitt is clearly being manipulated by big corporations and folks who can write $10 million checks. The man changes his position every three days. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizen’s United, our democracy sign was placed on the front lawn with big red letters: FOR SALE! I am encouraged by President Obama’s support of using a Constitutional Amendment as an option to return our democracy back to the people. This will be his legacy issue. I am sure of that. And without the pressure of Occupy Wall Street, this conversation might never have happened.
...This Republican Party that we have now is not our fathers' Republican Party. It is neither conservative nor interested in dealing with our problems. This is a party which has become unlike anything we've ever seen at center stage of American politics. We have to recognize that we're dealing with something which is different from what we're used to, which is showing a dark and sick and broken spirit that has taken over a once great party. You can see this sick and broken spirit in various patterns...a spirit which never has enough of either wealth or power, even though we have the greatest income inequality that we've had in living memory, this force is working to widen that gap still further with the Ryan budget...with Mitt Romney's tax proposals; all of them take from average Americans to give to those who already have the most. ...This force has given us a Supreme Court that's handed down that disgraceful decision in Citizens United, putting our government up for auction. All men are created equal is ...
A vote is only one little part of our voice. I stand on the streets, I hold signs and debate issues and help at the kitchens and visit the sick and write letters to newspapers, reps and prisoners. I've been arrested more than 45 times for non-violent civil action, including at the South African Embassy (wrote APART-HATE = BLOODY SIN on the actual embassy in DC) and for going over the White House fence when the Gulf War started. My signs don't challenge politicians to change. I do direct action because I know that voting isn't enough. However, NOT VOTING JUST HANDS THE WHOLE LAND TO THE 1%. There is enough difference in terms of Supreme Court appointees (look at Citizen's United!) and in domestic policy (we just got a $400 check back from Anthem because of Obamacare) that a vote does help or hurt actual human beings. If we don't vote, how can we non-violently, creatively, bring about a new society within the disintegrating shell of this one? How can we make this a world where it is easier to be good?
The so-called Citizens United case offers the Supreme Court a chance to severely curtail the free speech abuses of the Federal Election Commission. John Samples, Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government, Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Steve Simpson and George Maso...
Massachusetts Legislature joins call for Constitutional Amendment to overturn Supreme Court's Citizens United.
Obama is now calling for a Constitutional Amendment which would overturn the Supreme Court decision of "Citizen's United". Barry, I would suggest you issue an Executive Order to do such change in law, continuing your illegal acts changing immigration enforcement and welfare work requirements. You might as well add to the list of impeachable offenses a Republican Senate and House are going to nail you with!
Very insightful. I've been saying this all along. I don't think the average person even realizes what is going on in this Country. The wealthy started with Reagan . . . got him to buy into the "trickle down" theory and cut taxes on the wealthy. [biggest con in history]. Next they needed a way to make sure they KEPT those tax cuts, so they got Grover Norquist to come up with the "pleadge". They said it was for the people . . . but Norquist knew if they couldn't raise taxes on the poor they wouldn't be able to on the rich. Next they got the Supreme Court they needed for the Citizens United. Now they can use all their money to buy and control our government. After 2012 the only candidates running for an Office will be the pick of the wealthy. No one else will be able to afford to. They will still give us a customary chance to vote . . . . but no matter who we vote for, it will be one of their pick.
After nearly four years of waiting, and a landmark Supreme Court decision, David Bossie, chairman of the advocacy group Citizens United, finally got what he wanted—the chance to make a movie that could change the course of an election. Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, Citizens United w...
I'm always suspicious when groups with nice sounding names like Energy Citizens send me email promising to educate me but don't bother to tell me who they are. In fact, these "citizens" are the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, etc. You get the idea. One of the saddest things about the Supreme Court's citizens united decision is rich donors no longer have to disclose what they're supporting. When corporate interests masquerade as just plan folks, it's called astroturfing. The American Petroleum Institute's largest sponsor is Exxon Mobile. They are famous for editing Wikipedia about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and deleting the fact that the oil is still there. It's a lot like BP telling us the Gulf is cleaned up. It's not. These people have lots of ways to try to persuade us that destroying our environment while promising cheap oil that never comes while they make record profits. The only way to have true energy independence is to pro ...
Citizens United decision by US Supreme Court guarantees PAC funds can come anonymously from anywhere in politics today, and money is the same as free speech - no limitations whatsoever. Romney's fundraising is WAY beyond this level. Government of the rich, by the richer and for the richest it's the American Way.
The overwhelmingly negative tenor of the campaign is not without its perils. Polls show that the drumbeat of negative campaigning, coupled with the grim economic picture, has dispirited formerly enthusiastic Obama supporters. “There’s this sense of disillusionment. We don’t see as many people saying he makes them feel proud,” Pew Research Center director Andrew Kohut recently said. The point is emphatically driven home in a new documentary by Citizens United, the conservative advocacy group of Supreme Court fame. Titled “The Hope and the Change,” the film interviews committed Democrats whose early support for (and in some cases infatuation with) the president has devolved into buyer’s remorse. The savior of 2008 is the failure of 2012. Obama is of course not the first president to go negative in a campaign. But because he once made such bold promises to transform the discourse in Washington, the current gap between rhetoric and reality seems particularly stark. Not the least of the ironies o ...
I cxan't link from the Austin Chronicle so: Hightower Report: Scalia's Twisted Logic The Supreme Court justice has some funny ideas about some of his decisions BY JIM HIGHTOWER, FRI., AUG. 17, 2012 Antonin Scalia, the hardest of hardcore corporate ideologues on the Supreme Court, is nothing if not cocksure that every *** a-doodle-doo coming out of his head is absolutely correct. In a recent CNN interview, the lifelong resident of Laissez Fairyland unleashed a torrent of logically perverse and factually wrong statements. Without blushing, for example, Scalia declared that, "the court is not at all a political institution." Perhaps he doesn't recall his participation in assorted, openly partisan events with Republican officials and such billionaire politicos as the Koch Brothers. Also, asked directly about Bush v. Gore – the most political decision in court history – Scalia blurted out: "Get over it!" Uh, no sir. That 2000 case was a court coup, led by you, to usurp the people's vote and autocratically ...
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Senator Bernie Sanders - "With the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court said to all these billionaires, 'Go for it!'" said Sanders, a Vermont Independ...
Is anyone else sick of all the requests for donations to political campaigns? How about sick of all the money going into endless advertising? Two things need to happen to change that. Overturn Citizens United, and Campaign Finance Reform. That will not happen with a Republican Congress, that will not happen under a Republican president, and it would only get worse with Republican-appointed Supreme Court Justices. Vote the GOP out and into the dustbin of history. Simple. Play conservative this year, and conserve Medicare, a strong defense, Social Security, the economic recovery, our interstates, our national parks, Civil Rights and the environment. Because ALL of that would suffer under a president that just wants to get elected to further cut taxes to his kind. Only those who believe in miracles would believe the Bush legacy could be undone in only four years. I don’t believe in miracles.
I just saw an ad (it was an anti Pres. Obama ad, but that isn't the point) that ended with the words, "Americans for Prosperity is responsible for this advertisment." Curious as to who Americans for Prosperity actually is (are?), I googled them. I got a lot of results. I checked their website. I found their staff: Tim Phillips President, Tracy A Henke Exec. VP. and CEO, Alan Cobb, Steve Corder, JP De Gance, and Joe Flynn, all VPs. It listed Directors, Art Pope, James C. Miller, James E. Stephenson, and Frayda Levy. For the record, there are no bios listed for the staff members and that is appropriate. They are employees and their job is to follow direction of the Directors whose bios are there and they are all veterans of right wing politics. What is missing and what should be important is who is funding it and directing the Directors. This is the result of the Citizens United decision. AFP may be responsible for the advertising but it is, according to the Supreme Court, not our business who AFP actually ...
"Our political system is pervasively corrupt due to our Supreme Court taking away campaign-contribution restrictions on the basis of the First Amendment,” - Quote by Richard Posner, a Circuit Court of Appeals judge, referring to the Citizens United case in a speech he gave at the University of Chicago Law School on July 12, 2012
This state decision is right up there with Supreme Court decisions on Dred Scott and Citizens United. All I've ever done to vote is sign my name. I hope all the people who volunteer their time on Election Day(s) will just ignore this "law":
In a recent New York Times' opinion piece written by Benjamin Sachs, a professor at the Harvard Law School, he made the argument that with the Supreme Court's decision of Citizens United, the nation's defined pension plans are now funding corporate political donations in violation of the First Amend...
There are three things on my mind tonight. However, I'm not looking for a debate - just sharing information. First, Paul Ryan, that sweet looking Congressman from Wisconsin, hopped a flight to Las Vegas and had a "financial meeting" with Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire who has already donated $50 million to the Far Right Republicans. Although they met with many many prominent donors, it was billed as a financial meeting instead of a fund raiser to keep the press away. Why should this bother you and why does it bother me, we already know that the Supreme Court voted their political views on Citizens United allowing anyone and everyone to donate to the election without being identified. Why should this bother you? It may not, it bothers me because I want to be able to vote after this election and by the time the Republican Party elite are through with this, our voting rights will suffer.
Hi, My name is Mitt Romney. I make my money in private equity - buying up struggling companies and selling them for parts - and spend my spare time avoiding taxes in my private life and putting up financial smoke screens while running for office. I think I'd make a good President because you don't like the current President and I'm the other choice. I'm being supported by a handful of billionaires who monetarily influence legislation so they can live the Romney dream of breaking up companies and not paying any taxes. Sheldon Adelson who bribed all those Chinese officials to make casinos? He's my guy. The Koch Brothers who paid enough money to push Citizens United through the Supreme Court (the guys who run the Tea Party movement)? They're my guys too. Which is to say I'm their guy, bought an paid for. I appointed Paul Ryan as my Vice Presidential candidate, further alienating Latino and women voters, and since old people like getting the money they were promised, I might have just lost Florida too (unless ...
If there was true justice in this world - all 9 members of the Supreme Court would be forced to watch 24 straight hours of negative SuperPAC ads Clockwork Orange style as punishment for passing Citizens United.
January 9, 2012, 3:34 pm Supreme Court Retains Ban on Foreign Campaign Donations By JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR. In a terse four words, the Supreme Court on Monday issued an order upholding prohibitions against foreigners making contributions to influence American elections. The decision clamped shut an opening that some thought the court had created two years ago in its Citizens United decision, when it relaxed campaign-finance limits on corporations and labor unions. On Monday the Supreme Court, upholding a lower court’s decision in Bluman, et al., v. Federal Election Commission, refused to extend its reasoning in Citizens United to cover foreigners living temporarily here. Foreign nationals, other than lawful permanent residents, are completely banned from donating to candidates or parties, or making independent expenditures in federal, state or local elections. The Supreme Court’s order did not discuss the merits or suggest that there was any dissent among the justices.
2 people have funded +1/3 of this election cycle. Overturn Citizens United. Impeach the conflicts of interest from the Supreme Court. We aint quite dead yet, but without enviornmental laws, public education and oh, yeah what's that 3rd department..
I'm an Independent, but just contributed to Democratic Party because I fear Romney/Paul agenda much more than Obama/Biden one. One major issue I have with Romney/Paul is Robert Bork as Judicial adviser to Romney; Citizen's United and other Supreme Court decisions by a right dominated Court that will have vacancies among the centrists during the next President's term is reason enough for me to vote for Obama/Biden.
Wilhelmina Jenkins via 90 Days, 90 Reasons Always my biggest reason for voting in the Presidential Election - "Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court"! "What we now have: two more vacancies looming in the very near future, of liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If Romney is there to nominate them, then there could be a right wing Supreme Court for most of the remainder of my life. The average retirement age of a justice is 78.7. Chief Justice Roberts is only 57. ... It will almost not matter at all who controls the other branches of government—the Court can singlehandedly undo all progress since the 1950s: Civil Rights, equal protection clauses, collective bargaining rights, immigration law, gun control, United Nations charter, government wiretapping, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, eminent domain, not to mention deciding election controversies like the one in 2000. If you like the Citizens United decision, where corporations as “people” can anonymously fund political ca ...
Monday, on the 47th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act, long-time Civil Rights advocate and UN ambassador Andrew Young, said the country need a Voting Rights Act 2.0. Young said the promise of the original voting right law ' that it would remove the obstacles preventing all Americans from voting ' has fallen short because of newly enacted state barriers, the impact of money on campaigning and the resulting voter apathy. Vermont's congressional delegation has also raised red flags concerning voting. Last winter Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., asked for a Government Accountability Office investigation into the flurry of voter identification laws passed by state legislatures. As a threshold question, they asked GAO to determine whether there really is a problem with voter fraud. The GAO agreed to do a study. 'On one hand, the Supreme Court has allowed billionaires to buy elections,' Sanders said. 'On the other hand, what we're also ...
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