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Citizens United

How Retired Justice David Souter Can Save the U.S. Supreme Court

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Those who care about the independence of the judicial branch should do everything in their power to save the Supreme Court. This includes justices who have left the Court.

The Conflict of Monied Interests in Wisconsin's Civil War

Mark Hannah | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Mark Hannah

I won't spend too much time complaining that Governor Walker's campaign outspent Mayor Barret's by a factor of 8 to 1. What disturbs me is that democracy itself now effectively has corporate sponsors. Monied interests are commandeering the national conversation.

This Just May Have a Religious Sensibility

Norman Lear | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Norman Lear

Governor Walker, Candidate Romney and those who speak loudest for him are down on labor, down on their unions and union leaders. They are, in effect, down on the working man's right to band together and, to coin an expression, petition their bosses for a redress of their grievances.

Hello Citizens United, Goodbye CFPB: Consequences of the Wisconsin Recall

Adam Levin | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

If the recall vote in Wisconsin is any hint of what is to come in the next few months, caveat emptor will be the catch phrase of the marketplace and government will go from being our protector to being a supplicant of the one tenth of one percent.

The Big-Lie Coup d'Etat

Robert Reich | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

How can it be that big corporations and billionaires will be spending unlimited amounts on big lies like this one, without any accountability because no one will know where the money is coming from?

John McCain and 22 Attorneys General Ask Supreme Court to Walk Back Citizens United -- Where's Barack Obama?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's nice that President Obama has in the past had critical words to say about Citizens United. But the time has come for him to put his money where his mouth is.

Beyond Citizens United: Politics Is an Industry, Not Just a Campaign

Danny Schechter | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Danny Schechter

Any serious candidate hires his team and then has to raise millions to pay for it. When politics spawned a profession, the big money that's transformed politics no longer went just to candidates but to the industry around them.

Citizens United Sparks Controversial 'Anything Goes' Attitude

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is it "anything goes" now in America's campaign finance system? John Edwards is acquitted of using campaign cash as hush money. There's...

The Super Heroes vs the Super PACs

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Looking for the Avengers? If we are going to preserve our democracy against this final assault, citizens are going to have to become the superheroes.

Pity the Poor Billionaires

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

So-called "mega donors" are upset that their campaign contributions are being exposed to public view, ignoring our right to know who is giving money to candidates -- and the opportunity to try to figure out why. The sound you hear is the world's smallest violin, say, a teeny-tiny Stradivarius insured for millions.

Karl Rove's Grand Slam

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The president and Democrats seem befuddled by how to react to the Citizens United decision, while Karl Rove understands with crystal clarity.

Super PACed With Baloney: Reason Column Obscures Impact of SC Campaign Finance Rulings

Rep. David Price | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. David Price

Jacob Sullum sees no cause for concern in the tidal wave of political spending by wealthy donors unleashed by the Supreme Court. You might view this statement as incredible given recent history and odd given that the source is "Reason" magazine, where one would expect facts as well as assertions. What are the facts?

How Citizens United Can Be Used to Curtail Super PAC Spending

Peter Scheer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Peter Scheer

While Citizens United gave a green light to individual political expenditures, it also contains the rationale for enforceable limits on spending by super PACs.

Will America Let Right-Wing Billionaires Buy the Election for Mitt Romney?

Brian J. Siebel | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Brian J. Siebel

Who would rationally back Mitt Romney for President? One-percenters, who Romney will take care of through massive tax cuts. Severely conservative v...

Get Mad as Hell About Citizens United and Register to Vote

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Sadly, the ads that the billionaires are buying work. Otherwise they wouldn't invest. And be clear, that's what this is. An investment, and billionaires know it's a wise investment. So imagine the return they expect on their massive investment in buying a president.

American Trifecta: Broken Political, Economic and Justice Systems

David A. Love | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
David A. Love

When citizens begin to question the institutions that have failed them and society for the benefit of the few, that's when real change has a chance to peek through the window.

Corporate Personhood: How Far Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

Richard C. Leone | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.

2012: Seeing the Long Arc of American Democracy Reversed

John Marttila | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
John Marttila

It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.

The Middle East and Citizens United

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Unless President Obama convinces Americans that their democracy is being stolen now, in the 2012 election, and prevails by doing so, the Middle East issue simply disappears into the larger catastrophe: the end of the American democratic experiment after 225 years.

Mike Sacks

Stevens Challeges The Court To Clarify Citizens United | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, retired Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday night backed President Barack Ob...

Money Is Speech

David Edmund Moody | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

The 5-4 split decision in Citizens United enshrined into law the principle that the First Amendment protection afforded to the freedom of speech embraces or encompasses the expenditure of unlimited amounts of money.

The Price of Democracy

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
John Feffer

The election cycle in 2008 cost more than $5 billion, including congressional races and the primaries. We spent, in other words, about $17 per capita for our last big elections.

Bain Capital Not the Most Important Issue: Citizens United and Voter Suppression Should Be a Greater Concern

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While the media and blogosphere have been pre-occupied with the issue of Romney's time at Bain Capital, there is a more ominous challenge to President Obama's re-election.

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Decision Leaves Industries Free To Battle In California Primary | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for a newly drawn congressional district in California's Inland Empire is shaping up as a clash of titans. It's not the candida...

Rescuing 'We, the People'

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Defenders of Citizens United and the corporate rights doctrine that underlies it must be getting nervous. Why else would George Will resort to arguing that the amendment I have introduced is "comparable" to condoning infanticide?