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Supreme Court Supports Disclosure Of Issue Ads

The Washington Post | T.W. Farnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Supreme Court decision this year dramatically altered the regulation of money in politics, and a recent vote by the Federal Election Commission coul...

This Side of Democracy

Stuart Whatley | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Every American has the right to speak out, to express views, and to serve as an advocate for all manner of issues and prospective leaders. But having rights doesn't necessarily mean they're valuable, or even useful at all.

"Clean Elections" Stifles Speech

David M. Primo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David M. Primo

The Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, a First Amendment challenge to Arizona's unconstitutional "Clean Elections" system.

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt's Contenders (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Primary elections are a pivotal point in our democratic process. Supporting a candidate early on can make a real impact, as money and momentum are harder to come by before winning the nomination.

After Supreme Court Ruling, Time for a Campaign Finance Transplant Instead of More Band-Aids

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.

Corporate Special Interests for Controls on Campaign Spending?

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the US Supreme Court has presented the United States with an astonishing future of unlimited spending on campaigns by corporations. We are facing the possibility of a true failed state.

Corporations are not people, they're unruly dogs

Suzanne O'Keeffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzanne O'Keeffe

The courts got it wrong. Corporations aren't people. They are unruly dogs. We've let corporations take over the country the way an insecure dog owner...

Citizens United Ruling Will Liberate Dot-Org News Sites From IRS Rules Curbing Advocacy

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Scheer

The legal intelligentsia are mistaken. Citizens United may be the most consequential First Amendment decision -- in terms of expanding free speech rights -- since New York Times v. Sullivan.

What's Worse Than Corporations Influencing Elections? Corporations Banned From Speaking on Elections

Bert Gall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bert Gall

What might the future have held, for the media and everyone else, if Citizens United had been decided differently -- with the Court allowing, rather than condemning, censorship of corporate speakers?

Dodd Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Reverse Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision

The Hill | Eric Zimmermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) introduced a constitutional amendment today to overrule a recent Supreme Court decision on campaign spending. The court rul...

Elections Should Be Won -- Not Bought

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

We can't stand by and let our country be taken over by corporate interests that care more about their bottom line than the public interest. It's time to change the way Washington works.

FREE FOR ALL: Supreme Court Opens Floodgates On LA Election Spending

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The L.A. Ethics Commission announced today that due to the ruling in the Citizens United case, it will no longer enforce a 2001 ordinance that banned ...

Citizens United and the Urgent Case For an Open Internet

Aparna Sridhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aparna Sridhar

In the wake of Citizens United, preserving an open, neutral Internet may be our best hope for counterbalancing the deluge of corporate money that will now influence elections.

What Ted Olson Needs to Know About Corporate Democracy After Citizens United

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Contrary to Ted Olson's contentions, shareholders do not have the ability to preclude corporate spending on political campaigns.

Congress: The Banks Own the Place. Do They Own Obama Too?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If "no brainer" reforms like bankruptcy reform and student loan reform can't make it through a Democratic controlled Congress, how will more fundamental reforms of the financial system fare?

Justice Thomas' Reasoning -- Dangerous for Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let's not allow the Justices' dangerous logic to undermine democratic decision making America needs now more than ever. We can commit to choosing elected leaders who grasp what we've lost.

Obama's State of the Union Falls Short on Correcting Citizens United

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If the legislative efforts in Washington last year reveal anything, it's that politics and policymaking are corrupted overwhelmingly by perverse electoral incentives. Obama's goals depend on his leadership in fixing this.

100,000 People (and Five Supreme Court Justices) Can't Be Wrong--Corporations Are People Too!

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
William Klein

Murray Hill Inc. is running for Congress. Until now, corporations had to rely on campaign contributions, influence peddling and high-priced lobbyists to get their way in Congress

Cartoon: Supreme Court Smash-Up!

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

With their ridiculous ruling last week, the Supreme Court has let loose the Pigs of Corruption, shattering 80 years of steady effort to keep big money from buying the country.

Court's Ruling on Corporations Reflects America's Values

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

America is up for sale. But don't blame the Supreme Court. The Justices didn't place us on the auction block when they opened the corporate floodgate last week, they just showed what's always been there.

Campaign Finance Decision: Mirandize Banks?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Entitlement to constitutional rights and the legal status of personhood imply accountability. So, by extension, if corporations are entitled to First Amendment protection, then why can't they be arrested?

Biden Defends Obama's Criticism Of Supreme Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday assailed last week's Supreme Court's decision removing limits on corporate campaign spending, ...

We The Corporations? I Don't Think So.

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbra Streisand

I wish this conservative Supreme Court that supposedly exercises judicial restraint and follows precedence had not flip-flopped for the second time in ten years by becoming the most activist court in recent history.

The "Devastating" Decision

Ronald Dworkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald Dworkin

President Obama is right, the Citizens United decision will further weaken the quality and fairness of our politics, as well as hand already-overpowered lobbyists a nuclear weapon for influencing policy.

Think Again: Court Disposes, Media Yawn

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Crossposted with the Center for American Progress. With Mickey Ehrlich You may have heard of the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the ca...