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Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections



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Below from: Los Angeles Times

Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections
Voters stand to lose out if the Supreme Court treats political spending by businesses and other big-money players as protected speech.
Opinion
January 10, 2010|By Monica Youn

Corporations are pitching a bizarre product -- a radical vision of the 1st Amendment. It would give corporations rather than voters a central role in our electoral process by treating corporate political spending as protected speech. If this vision becomes reality, businesses and other big-money players will spend billions either hyping their preferred candidates or running attack ads against elected officials who don't support their preferred agenda. Voters will be forced into a couch-potato role, mere viewers of the electoral spectacle bought and paid for by wealthy companies.

The Supreme Court's decision in the hotly anticipated campaign finance reform case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission -- which may be announced as early as Tuesday -- will show whether a majority of the Roberts court is buying their argument.

The case may be the turning point in a concerted, decades-long ideological campaign -- the "corporate free speech movement," as Robert L. Kerr and other scholars have chronicled. As far back as 1971, Lewis F. Powell Jr. (whom President Nixon would shortly nominate to the Supreme Court) sent a confidential memorandum to his friend Eugene Sydnor Jr. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce arguing that corporate interests needed to take advantage of a "neglected opportunity in the courts." Because "the judiciary may be the most important instrument for social, economic and political change," the memo said, the chamber and other corporate interests should develop a cadre of constitutional lawyers to file lawsuits and amicus briefs to push a corporate-friendly legal agenda in the Supreme Court.

Corporations heeded this call to arms, generously funding the chamber's litigation arm and founding other think tanks. In hundreds of lawsuits and briefs, the chamber and corporations such as Exxon-Mobil and Nike have drilled in the pro-business party line that 1st Amendment protection should extend to corporate political spending -- such as the corporate-funded movie about Hillary Rodham Clinton that is at issue in Citizens United. The case, which began on narrow grounds (did restrictions on corporate campaign ads apply to this film?) has become a test of whether restrictions on political speech by corporations should be ended altogether.

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Comment by Sally on January 29, 2010 at 17:24
This needs to be aired all over the media Lee Iococca speaks the truth !
Comment by Joni on January 29, 2010 at 16:07
Those kids are cute =)...
Comment by Joni on January 29, 2010 at 15:56
Speaking your mind does not infer violence. Or at least I don't think so. We keep thinking that maybe we are going to talk some morals into our leaders. I concentrate from day to day on gardens and children and things like that too but it still does not keep me from getting upset with something like this.
Comment by Sally on January 29, 2010 at 13:19
Chewbit,
I concur from what I have been able to read in underground papers and what messages I have gotten through spirit my brother you are on target. When 9/11 happened I was at work and I will never forget in my head the thought popped in your own governement did this. There are many on this website that would argue , let me put it this way to them. Are we moving in the direction of the betterment of humanity is our politicians governing for the well being of you and the world the proof is in the puddin. When the proof is there results then I will change my tune until then ALL of them need to be replaced before we are !!!!
Comment by Sally on January 29, 2010 at 8:24
This is why lobbying should be outlawed if an man has a price can be bought then you don't want him to represent you, for someone will always have more money to sway them to their way of thinking!!
Comment by Carol Ann Fryer on January 29, 2010 at 6:36
As I spend my days looking around me, I often think we are in what looks like a chaotic slow motion free fall. If I were to write a history book it would probably be described as a rapid decline. Reading posts from Salusa and others lets me know that other unknown scenarios await us. The words hope and faith feel so pacifist and maudlin, but I know that all things have a finite life. In my own life I see incredible children, people who are thinking about gardening and alternative energies, people who post on this site and others. I know a better and new future awaits us and all I can do is use my own energy, allow for the unseen energies I know to be there, and follow my path to help birth our new world.
Comment by oceanick6 on January 29, 2010 at 6:34
I believe in World Peace but not World Corporate Domination. Nothing could take away my individual freedoms More.
Comment by oceanick6 on January 29, 2010 at 6:33
Why would these Supreme Court judges even consider this ruling in the first place? So now we're the Corporate States of America? WTO involves all kinds of corporations. We could end of with Big Saudi Oil countries running the US now. What happened to We the People? How is a Corporation equal to one person?
Comment by Charles Magus on January 29, 2010 at 5:44
STOP POLITICAL SPEECHES BY CORPORATIONS FOREVER! Otherwise as Chewbit says The end is Near!


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