Wednesday, as part of a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), “We Are DC Super Lobbyists,” Quinn Gillespie Associates (a top lobbying shop in DC) President John Feehery and Chairman Jack Quinn discussed the role money plays in the current political system. Quinn wrote, “I happen to believe that the role of money in American politics is a very significant problem, some would say it has reached the point of being a cancer on our democracy.”
Voters passed local ordinances on Tuesday informing their elected leaders that they want a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to curb corporate power, and ending the practice of political contributions being the equivalent of free speech. Read more on the story here.
Congrats to our friends at Move To Amend for their work on helping to pass these measures!
Recently Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation and co-founder of The American Sustainable Business Council (a partner of FSFP) stated in a talk he gave at the 2013 American Business Council Continuity Forum:
Since corporations are considered "people," an idea endorsed by the 2010 Citizens United ruling, they're now using this corporate personhood in a whole new way.
The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court case allows outside groups to give unlimited contributions in federal, state, and local races. Since its passing, there has been an influx in outside spending in mayoral races in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and now in Boston.
Happy Halloween from Free Speech For People!
We couldn't think of anything scarier than an inanimate corporation pretending to be a real live human.
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While poll after poll shows that 90% of people believe that we have a right to know what is in our food, large agribusiness companies have helped shaped a policy that does not reflect the wishes of the American people. We at Free Speech For People believe that the question of GMO labeling or related GMO issues ought to be a matter for the people to decide based on public interest concerns.
An important new report from our friends at Public Citizen sheds light on the voluntary disclosure of campaign contributions from 24 corporations totaling $8,750.000 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The report finds that while these 24 (which are listed in full in the report) have disclosed their amounts, there are still countless more whose identities are still unvailable to the public.
The report reads:
Alternet is shedding light on the role of campaign contributions that have helped shape U.S National Security. In the first of what will be a new series from Alternet's New Dialogue Project, their data shows that these special interest groups' influence both Democrats and Republicans. An excerpt below:
In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek interview, Former U.S Vice President Al Gore explains the role money and special interest groups play in politics saying, “Money plays the dominant role in politics today.”
Gore also stated that, "Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech. Big anonymous contributors should not call the shots."