Yearly Archives: 2010

Welcome the Monahan Brothers to Washington!

Five months ago, two brothers—both veterans and both in their sixties—set out to walk across the US for democracy.

Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, Laird and Robin Monahan disagreed strongly with the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that confirmed that “corporations are persons” and have the constitution right of “free speech” under the First Amendment. But, instead of getting cynical, they got walking.







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Supreme Court Takes Up Cases on Corporate Rights

The New York Times

Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — Continuing to explore the limits of corporations’ constitutional rights, the Supreme Court on Tuesday added cases to its docket that will test the scope of companies’ rights to due process and privacy.

The new cases follow the court’s decision in January in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend money in candidate elections.







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Blagojevich and Legal Bribery

By SCOTT TUROW

Published: August 17, 2010

The New York Times

Chicago

"With all respect to Wanda Brandstetter, the Constitutional amendment this nation most urgently requires is one that reverses the notion that unrestricted political spending deserves protection as free speech. Without that, who could fault a juror for looking around at contemporary political life and feeling that Rod Blagojevich had been unfairly singled out?"







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Senate Obstruction Takes Down Bill To Promote Campaign Transparency

A few days ago, Senate Republicans united to defeat the Disclose Act, critical legislation intended to respond to the Supreme Court’s invalidation in Citizens United v. FEC of the ban on the use of corporate general treasury funds to make independent political expenditures. The House passed the Act in June.





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