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Excellent CNN radio piece: "The Biggest Election Fight You're Missing"

Here's an excellent story on CNN radio about how Montana's upcoming vote on I-166 ties into so many values Americans everywhere hold sacred.

It's well worth your 10 minutes to listen:

http://soundcloud.com/cnn/cnnradioreportsa10-12-2012-mp3

It's dated October 12th, and it's called "The Biggest Election Fight You're Missing", by Lisa Desjarins of CNN.

Free Speech For People is helping to support the campaign for I-166 in Montana.

Republican former Congressman: Citizens United = Dred Scott; corporate personhood = oligarchy

Post originally appeared on Corporations Are Not People

Jeff Clements

October 14, 2012
 

Senator John McCain says Citizens United is Supreme Court's "worst decision ever".

Senator McCain (R-AZ), raised his criticism of the Citizens United decision to a new level, calling it the Supreme Court's "worst decision ever" in a speech at Oxford University on October 10th.

Below are excerpts from Huffington Post and Oxonian Globalist reports.

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Reformers Applaud Temporary Reinstatement of Montana’s Campaign Money Limits

Note Need for I-166 to Bolster Permanent Protection

HELENA – Campaign finance reform advocates welcomed action by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay a lower court ruling that struck down limits on campaign contributions to Montana state candidates just days before Montana’s ballot were mailed. The action means that the limits will be reinstated through the election.

The New York Times calls for a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United.

An editorial in the Sunday New York Times called for a constitutional amendment. Here are a few quick excerpts:

The Cacophony of Money
Editorial, The New York Times, Sunday October 7th, 2012

This is only the first presidential election in the Citizens United era of unlimited spending...

A Foreign Corporation Makes $1 Million Contribution to Influence U.S. Presidential Election (via Center for Public Integrity)

When Citizens United opened the door to corporate funding of elections, many people expressed concern that there would be no way to prevent foreign-owned corporations from exercising influence over U.S. elections. (Campaign contributions from people who are non-U.S. citizens are illegal.)

Ahead of Obama-Romney Debate, Over 40,000 Americans Urge Moderator To Raise Issue of Money in Politics

Our joint news release today, with Avaaz and unPAC:

41,161 signatures hand-delivered to Jim Lehrer on Thursday

Moderator urged to ask candidates, “if elected would you call on Congress to study and propose a Constitutional Amendment designed to reduce the influence of money in our political system”

Movement To Overturn Citizens United Targets 2012 Ballot Measures

Derek Cressman

Alternet

September 20, 2012

From America's earliest days, states have sent instructions to Congress on constitutional reforms.

As we head into the home stretch of the 2012 campaigns, from coast to coast voter frustration with negative campaign ads -- and the big money behind them -- is more than palpable.

Romney agrees: "We’ve got to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns."

It's being widely reported that Mitt Romney yesterday called for limits on campaign spending by teachers' unions. A blog post at The Nation puts this succinctly in perspective.

The constitutional amendments we support would even-handedly enable the elimination of politcal contributions from for-profit corporations, incorporated non-profits, and incorporated labor unions alike. (For more on this, see our analysis of various bills here.)

Report: Citizens United ruling accounts for 78 percent of 2012 election spending

By Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian
Monday, September 24, 2012

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Almost $465m of outside money has been spent on the US presidential election campaign so far, including $365m that can be attributed to the supreme court’s landmark Citizens United ruling, according to a report released on Monday.

Super Pacs, which came into effect following the 2010 Citizens United verdict, accounted for $272m of the expenditure in the study, conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organisation devoted to increasing transparency in government.