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What’s ‘Pro-Business’?

A new letter to the editor from our ally at the American Independent Business Alliance asks, "What's 'Pro' business" in light of a recent article from the New York Times that cites that the Citizens United ruling as benefiting American businesses. 

Los Angeles taking initiative to amend the Citizens United ruling!

Great to see another state taking initiative to amend the Citizens United ruling! When Angelenos go to the polls next week to choose the next mayor of Los Angeles, they also will become the largest electorate so far to vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The ballot measure, Prop.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes explains how the Citizens United ruling lead to the current IRS scandal

MSNBC's Chris Hayes explained this week how the Citizens United ruling lead to the current IRS scandal. Watch it in this clip courtesy of MSNBC.

New Hampshire Citizens Call on their State Senate to Permit Votes on Resolutions

Free Speech For People helped organize this event today in Concord, New Hampshire, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coalition for Open Democracy.

Court says corporations have constitutional right not to tell workers of their right to form unions.

In the latest move by corporations to claim constitutional rights that properly belong only to actual, living, breathing people,

"A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule requiring most private sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their right to unionize."

...according to an article in Wednesday's New York Times, which goes on to note that:

NY Times: "Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court."

The Sunday New York Times has a great write-up on a new study showng a pervasive pro-corporate bias on the part of the Roberts Court.

Here's a brief excerpt:

Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court

By Adam Liptak, May 4th, 2013

Yale Law School Dean Argues Against Corporate Participation in Political Campaigns

William Locke 

Harvard Crimson 

Friday, May 3

John Nichols: "As Maine Goes... A Bipartisan Call to Overturn Citizens United"

 John Nichols has a terrific write-up in The Nation today on our win yesterday in Maine, posted in its entirety (by permission) below.

As Maine Goes... A Bipartisan Call to Overturn Citizens United

by John Nichols on May 1, 2013 - 2:15 PM ET

Republicans Join Democrats as Maine Legislature Votes to Overturn Citizens United and Get Big Money Out of Politics

AUGUSTA, ME – Noting that “the current legal landscape severely constrains the range of options available to citizens, frustrating efforts to reduce the influence of moneyed interest in elections and in government," a resolution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was passed today by both the Maine State House and State Senate.

NYT reports on potential breakthrough on corporate political spending

The New York Times' lead story today reports on a potentially huge breakthrough in the quest for corporations to be accountable to their own shareholders for their political spending, and for that spending to be made public.

Key excerpts are below.

S.E.C. Gets Plea: Force Companies to Disclose Donations

Published: April 23, 2013