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Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lee Samuel's defense of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: American Democracy Is Not for Sale

Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia has recently come under attack in certain blogs for speaking up for the truth that corporations are not people and do not have the same constitutional rights as people.

Rev. Dr. Samuel has written a spirited defense of Congressman Johnson in the Huffington Post. Here's an excerpt:

It's not every day that our political leaders truly do the right thing.

President Obama's Team Outlines Four Corporate Donor Packages for Inauguration

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

The New York Times

December 8, 2012

Article excerpted below: 

Miles Mogulescu: Why Money in Politics is Still a Really Big Deal

Miles Mogulescu has an important article in the Huffington Post today that lays out the many reasons why money in politics is still a huge problem, despite the fact that some of the biggest spenders in the 2012 elections didn't get the outcome they wanted.

Here are a few key excerpts:

Report: Saudi-Led Oil Lobby Group Financed 2012 Dark Money Attack Ads

A new report in The Nation on Friday details how the so-called American Petroleum Institute, a major lobbying group for Big Oil, is both funded in part by a Saudi oil company and directed in part by a registered foreign agent for Saudi Arabia who heads a subsidiary of that Saudi oil company.

It also reports that the Institute's 2011 tax returns show almost half a million dollars in gifts to dark-money organizations that ran attack ads in America's most recent elections -- and that's just what the Big Oil group spent in 2011. Just imagine what the 2012 figures could be.

Major development on Massey: Federal inquiry expands to cover the larger corporate entity.

For the past 18 months, Free Speech For People has called on Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to revoke Massey's corporate charter due to the corporation's acknowledged criminal guilt in the tragic deaths of 29 coal miners at its Upper Big Branch mine.

Now, according to the New York Times:

Washington Post Op-Ed: "Seminary president: Faith leaders, it’s time to overturn Citizens United"

There's a terrific new Op-Ed today in the Washington Post from the Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, an organization we've partnered with to support the campaign she highlights.

Her column begins:

New York Times: Only a constitutional amendment will do it.

The New York Times' lead editorial today indicts America's "Broken Election System". It lays out several necessary fixes, then concludes by saying:

"Ultimately, only a constitutional amendment can counter the misbegotten Supreme Court assertion that money is speech and thus can play an unlimited role in American politics."

For the full editorial, click here.
 

Citizens United Rejected By Voters In Montana, Colorado

Paul Blumenthal

November 7, 2012

Excerpt from the Huffington Post

America on its way to overturning Citizens United

Versions of this Op-Ed have appeared in McClatchy newspapers including The Miami Herald, Las Vegas Sun, Louisville Courier-Journ

Huge milestone: we’re now 1/4 of the way to amending the Constitution.

Here’s some terrific news. With victories yesterday in statewide votes in Montana and Colorado, both by nearly three-to-one margins, we’re now one quarter of the way to amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United.