Yearly Archives: 2013

Important New Report Details Corporate Contributions to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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:

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Al Gore: “Corporations are not persons. Money is not speech.”

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."

To watch the full interview click here.

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Blog Action Day 2013: Corporate Rights or Human Rights?

The following blog post, originally posted on Earthrights.org, was written by our Legal Advisory Committee member Katie Redford. The post is a part of Blog Action Day, an annual event aimed at uniting bloggers around a common theme, this year’s theme being human rights. For a full list of our new Legal Advisory Committee with brief bios for each member, click here. More »

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Powerful Op-ed Against McCutcheon by Small Business Owner

Recently the Statesmen Journal featured a powerful opinion piece written by Mike Sumner, a small business owner and Republican from Woodburn, Oregon. His piece illustrates the threat of corporate dominance in our elections due to increased power from campaign contributions, and the particular concern for small business owners and consumers alike.

It begins, 

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC

Today marks a very troubling moment for our democracy as the Supreme Court will hear the McCutcheon vs. FEC case. While the 2010 Citizens United case allowed corporations to make unlimited campaign expenditures to influence our elections, McCutcheon will enable the wealthy few to give more money directly to the candidates themselves.

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