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Montana Takes on Citizens United

Editorial

New York Times

January 23, 2012

Two years ago, when the Supreme Court struck down bans on independent corporate and union expenditures in elections in the Citizens United case, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion claimed that money does not “give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” While it might result in “influence over or access to elected officials,” he wrote, it is not the same as bribery.

Citizens United and corporate personhood: Jeff Clements responds to Kent Greenfield’s Washington Post op-ed

“We never said corporations are people; we said they are voices, speakers, speech-makers, a class of persons. That’s different.”

Jeff Clements

Corporations Are Not People

January 23, 2012

‘We the People’ can overturn Citizens United

By Jim McGovern and Jeff Clements

The Boston Globe

January 21, 2012

THE FIRST three words of the preamble of our Constitution are “We the People.’’

Two years ago today the US Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission upended that promising vision. Corporations — which do not have mouths, minds, or consciences — won a “free speech’’ right to spend unlimited money to influence elections.

Two Years Later: Showdown With 'Citizens United'

The Nation

Katrina vanden Heuvel

January 17, 2012

Giving Voice Back to the People

By Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General

Huffington Post

January 11, 2012