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Citizens United

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let's get on with building a bipartisan uprising of voters to insist that candidates in November pledge to back the DISCLOSE Act and Fair Elections legislation. We can't afford to wait for the Supreme Court. We can't afford to wait for a constitutional amendment.

Paul Blumenthal

New Names Among 100-Plus Super PAC Mega-Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Super PACs had their biggest fundraising month ever in June when they raised a combined total exceeding $54 million. In total, super PAC...

Patrick Svitek

Nancy Pelosi Slams Super PAC Spending, Calls To Overturn Citizens United | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) laid out the stakes of November's elections to hundreds of young voters Thursday, amping u...

SF Board of Supervisors Put Corporate Personhood Measure on November Ballot

Helen Grieco | Posted 09.25.2012 | San Francisco
Helen Grieco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to place a measure on this November's ballot that will give voters the chance to demand a federal constitutional amendment that would authorize limits on political campaign contributions.

Corporate Convictions for Loitering and Prowling Upheld

Steven Clifford | Posted 09.24.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Six months ago, Chicago Police arrested Goldman Sachs for loitering after nearby businesses complained that Goldman presence was scaring customers and giving the neighborhood a bad reputation.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Support Bold Fix For Citizens United | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats, battered by a tsunami of independent campaign spending and without legislative recourse, promoted a constitutional ame...

The Road to Oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

we are well on our way to seeing our great country move toward an oligarchic form of government -- where virtually all economic and political power rest with a handful of very wealthy families. This is a trend we must reverse.

Democracy and Inequality: Tocqueville for the 99%

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America offers profound insights into the early republic and the ways that wealth and political power were dispersed and separated.

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Rules Keeping Public In The Dark Will Get Review | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service is considering changes to the rules on nonprofits that now let certain political groups run attack ads whil...

Chicago Could Be The Next City To Reject Citizens United, Corporate Personhood

Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago alderman on Monday was set to officially unveil a new resolution opposing the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elec...

Mitt Whitman = Meg Romney

William Bradley | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Romney and Whitman are basically two peas from the same pod: Bland, entitled, attacking, possessed of no clear beliefs other than enrichment through financialized capitalism. No wonder they have so much in common as political figures.

Chicagoans vs. Corporate Campaign Cash

Dick Simpson | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Passing disclosure laws in Congress is hard and passing a Constitutional amendment is harder. But if we don't act, corporations and the wealthy will be happy to create the best government their money can buy.

The Selling of the Presidency: Politics in the Age of Television

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.17.2012 | Media
John W. Whitehead

We have entered a new age of political discourse in which Americans, sheeplike, are content to think in sound bites and elect a president based on who can deliver the best campaign slogans and punch lines.

Senate Refuses to Debate the DISCLOSE Act

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Voters will not stand by and let our political system be corrupted by unlimited secret money. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

Romney, the Senate GOP and the Right-Wing Secrecy Machine

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yesterday, Senate Republicans voted, for a second time in two days, to continue their filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that would simply require outside groups spending money on elections to tell the public where their money comes from. At the same time, not surprisingly, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in hot water for failing to disclose more than the minimum of personal tax returns and seemingly lying about his history at the company that made his fortune -- all while we know that a portion of his wealth was hidden in infamously secretive Swiss bank accounts. Senate Republicans and Romney are spending a lot of time and energy this week to keep their financial histories secret. It's only natural to ask: What do they have to hide?

Make 'Em Pay

Jim Worth | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

A message must also be sent to Rove, the Kochs, Romney and the Supreme Court that we are not for sale. This should start by telling Congress that the DISCLOSE Act is a necessary first step to preserving our democracy and the integrity of our elections.

How Much Has Citizens United Changed The Political Game?

The New York Times | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

The reason for this exponential leap in political spending, if you talk to most Democrats or read most news reports, comes down to two words: Citizens...

Fair Elections for NY: Make It There, It'll Make It Anywhere

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

As Lawrence Lessig says, "It is as if America ran two elections every cycle, one a money election and one a voting election. To get to the second, you need to win the first. But to win the first, you must keep that tiniest fraction of the one percent happy."

Senate GOP Blocks Bill To Curb Citizens United Excesses Again

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the second straight day Republicans have stopped the Senate from taking up legislation that would require outside groups spending hu...

'A Serious Threat': City Officials Take On Citizens United Ruling

Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.17.2012 | San Francisco

Legislators in San Francisco are taking aim at the role of corporations in American politics with a new bill that would make it official city policy t...

The People's Testimony

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Citizens United v. FEC equated corporate political contributions with freedom of speech, opening the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Filibuster Post-Citizens United Transparency Bill | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked a bill Monday evening to increase transparency in campaign spending by independent groups. In a 51-44 vote...

Could Citizens United Be Good For Marriage Equality?

Jackie Gardina | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

As corporations increasingly seek consumer dollars through gay-friendly advertising and diversity initiatives, they should use those dollars to support equality legislation and the candidates who support such initiatives.

These Senators Were for Disclosure Before They Were Against It

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Several Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), the DISCLOSE Act's most ardent opponent, have spoken in favor of disclosure in the past.

Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Today's cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act will put every Senator on record and will require each Senator who votes against the Act to take personal responsibility for the corruption and scandal that invariably will follow if new disclosure legislation is not enacted.